Change Of Art & Hope Not Hate present: Change Of Art Festival 2017
Festival Celebrating Jo Cox’s life through performing arts, bringing people together from different communities across London.
UK June 17th 2017, (6.30pm pre-show) 7.30pm, Human Rights Action Centre, Shoreditch. Tickets are FREE.
“We are far more united and have far more in common with each other than things that divide us.” Jo Cox, MP.
The first Change Of Art Festival will take place as part of Hope Not Hate’s Weekend of Action, a nationwide series of events supported by Hope Not Hate and part of The Great Get Together in June, marking the anniversary of the murder of MP Jo Cox. A group of theatre practitioners and artists came together through Hope Not Hate and decided to create an event to honour Jo and share their love for this brilliant, multi-cultural city in the best way they knew how – through the performing arts. Jo Cox’s legacy transcends politics and reaches into the heart of our communities; and so the aim of the festival is to bring people together from all over London, from communities who might not otherwise connect, to perform side by side.
Multi award-winning stand-up comedian Bridget Christie will be performing a comedy set at the beginning of the evening. There will be a dance piece from John Livingston Dance, a dancer with Downs Syndrome, whose incredible improvisational work challenges pre-conceptions about disability and difference. Dr. Sidrah Muntaha will perform Collective Cries a beautiful piece of Bangladeshi music, written by Rabindranath Tagore, and the Scandinavian Singing Club will be singing close harmony folk tunes in Danish, Swedish and Norwegian with a jazz twist. Amateur north London acting group Park Players, are a group of older performers who will be creating both music & monologues for the festival.
Playwright Tobias Wright has devised Plainsong for Change Of Art, inspired by William Blake’s Songs of Innocence and of Experience, and Kate Willoughby will be performing #EmilyMatters, where Suffragette Emily Wilding Davison addresses future generations in an inspiring one-woman piece about why your vote matters. The evening is variety show in style, linked together by our compère: stand-up comedian Sindhu Vee a British New Comedy Award 2016 finalist. With professionals performing alongside semi-professionals from across the capital, on the theme of “More In Common”, the festival aims to provide an opportunity for artists and communities to speak for themselves, telling their own story and challenging prevailing media narratives.
For more info on all of the artists involved, please visit:
This is the first Change Of Art Festival. It takes place at The Human Rights Actions Centre at Amnesty International HQ, a non-traditional theatre space with multiple communal areas, so that the audience can enjoy food, drink and conversation pre-show and during the interval.
The event is ticketed but free, in the name of inclusivity. There will be a pop-up stall with chef Matt Tarantini, who will be selling deliciously homemade food, all locally sourced. There will be both alcoholic & soft drinks from Matthew Collins with all profits going to Hope Not Hate – never has there been a better reason for enjoying a tipple! Near the bar area will be a photo exhibition of homophobic and sexist graffiti collated in Tower Hamlets during the 1980s by photographer & race-hate researcher Daniele Lamarche. A reminder of where we’ve been and how we’ve progressed with messages of hope alongside violent hostility.
Choir Collective One and a Half Glasses of Wine will also be singing and teaching the protest song ‘I Cant Keep Quiet’ informally, pre-show, for those that want to participate. Doors will therefore open at 6.30pm so people can come along, congregate and have some food and drink if they wish. For more info visit: http://www.changeofart.org.uk/pre-show/
Change Of Art is a collective of artists & theatre practitioners:
Maria Shury Smith
Amy Clare Tasker
John Livingston Dance
Scandinavian Singing Club
The Park Players
Compère: Sindhu Vee
17th June Amnesty International UK, Human Rights Action Centre
17-25 New Inn Yard, London, EC2A 3EA
(Doors 6.30pm) 7.30pm Show | Tickets Free; reserved in advance with
‘Pay What You Decide’ option at the venue.