We are delighted to announce that in response to the large number of excellent applications we received for the Festival Echoes commission ‘Creating Art in a Different Landscape’ we have taken the decision to increase the number of commissions from the six originally planned to a total of 14.
Having started in May with the superb ‘Heroicus Rex’ film by Martin Gooding these will now run right through the year until January 2020.
With agreement from Arts Council England we have been able to reallocate the funding ring-fenced for the Mysterious Moth event (postponed from 16th May) and add it to the immediately available Emergency Response Fund awarded for the Festival Echoes programme.
The range and quality of the artists’ proposed projects makes for an exciting and varied programme,which will have broad appeal. There’ll be aerial acrobatics and immersive soundscapes, contemporary and classical dance, and projections. There’ll be music and words rooted in the here and now, and mystical imaginations taking you on a journey. They’’ll be outdoors by the sea and then on wild moorland, but also in the artist’s front room. Several will be quirky, others reflective or purposefully playful with the chance to join in at home. Festival Echoes will be available to view and listen to right through summer into winter. Keep your eye out on our social media channels and website for more information.
In the longer term our plan is to rework Mysterious Moth into an even more extraordinary interactive event for late 2021, building on the creative ideas and foundations already in place and working with existing and new artists - we’ll plan to secure new funding next year to make that happen.
Festival Echoes is funded by Arts Council England
We're excited to announce the first of our Festival Echoes - artists creating in lockdown . Lasting 20 minutes artist Martin Gooding asks:
"What happens to the heroes when the heroic thing is to stay home?"
The film was made over the course of the month of May 2020.
Martin made the film within the limitations of his house - filming on his phone, utilising scrap materials to build props and costumes and only using locations he could access without leaving the house.
"While on lockdown I've been rereading a lot of the forerunners to modern European theatre, Homer, Sophocles, Aeschylus etc and I'd like to take influence from here to build the narrative and form of my film, using monologue, poetry, song and music. I intend to tell a family friendly story exploring the theme of 'Isolation' that will be at its core a comedy.
The question I want to ask is: "What happens to the heroes when the heroic thing is to stay home"
The film can be viewed on Youtube
About Festival Echoes:
We have asked six artists each to produce a piece of artistic work, each over a period of one month, which can be viewed online, within the guidelines and restrictions of lockdown.
The project is supported by funding from Arts Council England from their Emergency Fund
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