Following from my Adventures in Africa as put in the post, I eventually travelled through to Cape Town In South Africa, where i am now running a large NPO which is producing a large market and performance area in Observatory, Cape Town, called the Village of Arts, like the forest accept a little larger e.g. 240 ethical stalls and several performance spaces, reference attached powerpoint. which is an extension of the alternative market we produced during the Fringe Festival but with more lead time..
I am also running in collaboration with Improvement District, the civic association, the business forum, and the City of Cape Town and a large team; The Observatory Festival of Arts which you can find information on below... I trialed several of the multi disciplinary formats in Edinburgh, and one of them at the forest "Movement and Motives", you know i think i was right asking what was the motive, i think the question still stands today "what the hell are we doing this for anyway... emotional compensation, a feeling of moral authority, a belonging to a community that has an impact on the wider community, what is the motive?
Information about the Observatory Festival of Arts, Cape Town, South Africa;The Observatory Festival of arts will take place from 02/dec/10 to the 11/dec/10
in Cape Town, and is supported by the department of Arts & Culture
Now in its 14th year the Observatory Festival has now been renamed The Observatory Festival of Arts. This year’s festival has been developed to facilitate a cross pollination of audiences for ideas and forms, developing a multi-disciplinary platform for intercultural dialogue and interaction, representative of one of the largest residential arts communities in South Africa - The Observatory. In collaboration with a multitude of organisations we hope that the festival can challenge perspectives about the nature and importance of arts activity in South Africa, the relevance to the wider audience and the relationship between “our own environments” and the “outside world”.
As well as showcase Observatorians the Festival will platform a diverse mixture of content, with a strong leaning towards music, visual arts and performance from across the South African diaspora, representative of the diversity of cultures and contemporary disciplines that reside within the country today. The festival will also invite interventions from international artists, creating a counter point of insight and interaction, providing additional perspectives on the nature of diversity, communication, challenge and change.
As well as a provide an accessible platform for content that promotes insight and dialogue, the event intends to bring together a diverse audience within the streets and “free” areas of the festival, underlined by creating a space, presenting diverse content from across the spectrum , that the audiences of the “popular” content nodes will travel through. The Observatory area has been historically associated (most notably during apartheid years) with leftfield activism, multi-cultural interaction, and social change, and now hosts one of the largest residential communities of artists and intellectuals in South Africa REF: Living History Project. Around the festival Issue based organisations will also be invited to develop impactful interventions, raising awareness about issues that will continue to challenge all areas of society if spaces of dialogue and interaction do not propagate throughout the wider environment.
One of the core objectives of the festival is to develop new audiences for contemporary and traditional art forms, cross pollinating content to audiences who may have not had an opportunity to experience some of the formats we platform. On the streets and spaces of Observatory Africans and visitors alike will be able to enjoy social interaction and one of the most diverse showcases of South African Artists in 2010.
(NOTE for those of you who were around the similarity to the movement and motives dialogue we used at the forest cafe (http://theforest.org.uk/bb/viewtopic.php?f=57&t=1692&p=6696&hilit=movement+and+motives#p6696
and I am digital at the GRVhttp://theforest.org.uk/bb/viewtopic.php?f=72&t=3983&p=22424&hilit=i+am+digital#p22424
)Formats & Preview Events
The formats platformed during the Observatory Festival of Arts will include:
• Live Music
• Visual Art (including public installations)
• Traditional African arts, music and dance
• Street performance e.g. carnival parade, poi, interactive street theatre
• Physical Theatre and Contemporary Dance
• Spoken word & literary events
• Film and documentaryPreview Events:
In the long lead up to the main program in December 2010, the festival will produce a series of preview events, the launch of which will take place at the Bijou cinema and art studios on July 23rd, and throughout September and October in venues around Observatory. A notable percentage of the performance sharings will connect (via the web) to existing art nodes in London, Barcelona, Edinburgh, Berlin and the US.
Scheduled preview events include;Movement and Motives:
Physical, dance and theatre preview sharings which will include public participation through dialogue, exploring the diverse perspectives of the content which is platformed.Cityson:
A public participatory visual documentary project exploring the role of visual arts in raising issue based awareness, as well as the role and impact of artists in the communities of the cities they reside in.Twittoetry:
Internet based written word collaborations exploring the nature of context, colloquialisms and word plays through peoples experience of their environments and the English language Inside Out:
Public screenings of independent cinema and documentaries from Africa around the World
(in collaboration with several international film festival curators)The Observatory Village of Arts (NPO)
The festival will also reverse into the Observatory Village of Arts, a weekly happening around Observatory, which will include public space preview performances, multi-disciplinary events in venues around Observatory and an arts and crafts market.
if anyone want to come over to cape town, let me know and ill give you the heads up..... firstname.lastname@example.org