UK cultural development agency ArtReach (artreach.biz), is leading an ambitious partnership of European organisations to deliver the EU Creative Europe funded Voices of Solidarity (VOICES) project.
VOICES is a new artistic collaboration that explores and celebrates freedom, providing a voice for those who go unheard.
Partners with ArtReach are the major street arts festival altonale (Hamburg, Germany), children’s museum Explora – Il Museo Dei Bambini di Roma (Rome, Italy), community development agency CESIE (Palermo, Italy) and international theatre and Festival organisation Teatrul National Radu Stanca (Sibiu,Romania).
§ Four new commissions of site specific outdoor theatre created in each of the UK, Germany, Italy and Romania, and presented together in each partner country. ArtReach has committed the UK commission to Parrabbola, who will be creating Wheeze – The Wind of Change with UK performances in London (July) and Leicester (26 August).
§ Five processional performance events created and delivered in each of Palermo, Hamburg, London and Leicester. The events will involve hundreds of local people and newly arrived refugees and asylum seekers in each location, creating a colourful parade, based on the theme of “Welcome”.
The two elements of the project will maximise engagement of audiences by being performed free in public spaces. VOICES will be presented in the spring to autumn 2018 at Explora Museum, Rome on 22 April.
David Hill, Director of ArtReach said “VOICES is a further development of our inspiring European partnership work, exploring new artistic collaboration and with a strong element of audience development including the integration of refugees and asylum seekers.”
Explora, Rome: 20 – 22 April
Sibiu International Theatre Festival: 8 – 17 June
STAMP Festival, Hamburg: 1 – 3 June
CESIE, Palermo: 6 – 8 July (Dates TBC)
Night of Festivals, London: 21 – 22 July (Dates TBC)
Journeys Festival International, Leicester: 13 – 26 August
We anticipate there will be Facebook Live coverage – more details soon! #VOICESEU