VAULT Festival has announced a programme of thrilling events with its return to the Leake Street tunnels. The six-week cultural festival in the labyrinthine tunnel network in Waterloo, opens on 28th January 2015 for six frantic weeks. As well as more than 70 shows, live music and late night parties, for the first time VAULT will present Mini VAULT, a magical world for under 11s. Mini VAULT will consist of three festival weekends of spectacular underground shows, events and free activities for families. VAULT 2015 also presents its biggest ever programme of events and activities for adults. With further announcements to come, events will include curated performance installations, a street art tunnel take-over, wall-running classes, essential political debate and panel discussion, masterclasses, workshops, IdeasTap Spas, a permanent gallery space and a partnership with homeless charity The Passage.
Mini VAULT will take place during the weekends of 7/8, 21/22 February and 7/8 March with a programme of free and ticketed family events from 10am. The programme, designed to encourage audiences to play, dance, make and run wild in the secret tunnels includes circus, theatre, music, comedy, crafts and a family friendly rave. The tunnels will be taken over by interactive installations, dancing lights, craft activities and live music for the duration. Highlights of the programme include: Big Fish Little Fish’s family raving crew’s takeover ‘Magic Under London’, a folkloric, multi-sensory extravaganza where world class DJs provide the music for a dancefloor filled with glowsticks, bubbles, balloons and glitter cannons, crowned with the grand finale of the legendary parachute dance; cutting-edge Pirates of the Carabina’s free circus showcase of FLOWN excerpts; internationally acclaimed comedians with Comedy Club 4 Kids; Edinburgh success Greenlight Theatre’s interactive Albee Vector the Sound Collector in which the audience must make all sorts of noises and collect them into jars to help Albee and his sound-hoover; Classical Mayhem’s Decomposed! My Brother’s Turning into a Zombie, taking families on a journey through classical music and Figs in Wigs’ Show Off, a glitzy variety show bonanza.
As well as VAULT’s family programme, this year the festival presents a series of activities and events to extend the mind and body. With a full programme still to be announced highlights include: Femme Fierce: Reloaded, a Tunnel Takeover on International Woman’s Day – the UK’s largest all female street art and graffiti festival, Femme Fierce will see over 150 street artists spray paint and stencil Leake Street tunnel; Generative Constraints’ Anti-Body a divisive performance art investigation into the multiplicity of bodies; free IdeasTap Spas every Saturday on everything from playwriting to practical classes for actors; VAULT Panels: Join the debate – a selection of industry experts and policy makers on everything from the social responsibility of the arts to programming an arts festival and gender equality in theatre; and workshops from an exciting selection of visiting companies, including Artful Badger on running up walls and Scaffold State on how to modernise ancient texts in 30 minutes.
Brand new for 2015, there will be a free Gallery at VAULT Festival showcasing a combination of permanent and guest wall art and photography, as well as curated live art performance installations. The live art programme will include Creation Box London’s MASH UP and the Feminist Women’s Institute’s Everyday Nakedness: Accounting, in which they will do their tax returns… naked, in an exploration of non-sexual nudity. In the last two weeks of the festival photographer Katherine Leedale, who works primarily for arts organisations throughout London, will curate a highlight exhibition, ‘Photograph Your Neighbourhood’ in partnership with homelessness charity, The Passage. She will introduce clients to street photography before asking them to take her on a tour of their local neighbourhoods. The attendees will shoot pictures along the way which will form the exhibition. The work is a highlight of VAULT’s charity partnership with The Passage whose mission is to provide resources which encourage, inspire and challenge homeless people to transform their lives. The Gallery will host a number of thrilling workshops and special events over the 6 weeks.
With more than 30,000 tickets available for the festival, more than 500 individual events and over 80 artistic groups, the line-up comprises of some of the most exciting emerging artists and companies in a programme of music, performance, dance, comedy, discussions, debates and one-off late night events, all taking place in a secret maze of underground tunnels behind a single door. Beside ticketed performances, anyone can join VAULT underground at the Festival Bar, open to the public every night for drinks, dancing, discovery and perhaps a little more.
Full programme listing at www.vaultfestival.com
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Wednesday 17th December 2014