Live events give us, artists and audiences the chance to experiment
Our live events programme of festivals, tours, one-off events and think tanks allows us to explore new ideas as producers, marketers and fundraisers. As a team we’re culturally curious, and are always interested to find out how, why and where our ideas will work – or won’t, and our events give us the chance to do just that.
Our live programme is, in effect, the hub team’s ‘creative laboratory’. Here’s some info on some of our experiments:
After two hugely successful outings, The Insulting Cabaret is back for 2010. Produced by the hub as part of International Pen’s Free The Word festival, this year’s cabaret is compered by Ross Sutherland and will take place at Southwark Playhouse on Friday 16 April.
In January 2009, the hub produced the Mayor of London’s first ever Music Education Summit. 180 people working across the music education sector in London came together at City Hall to take part in the event, which was chaired by broadcaster and writer Jim Naughtie. The purpose of the day? To inform the Greater London Authority’s emerging music education strategy. In March 2010, that strategy, called Making Music Matter, was published by the GLA.
In 2008 and 2009, the hub’s SEAS Club went ashore in Odessa, Varna, Mangalia and…Skegness, as part of the SEAS project, showcasing the best of Baltic talent, and featuring sets from the best DJs on these national scenes. Find out what we got up to by checking out our SEAS stories on the hub blog.
Phrased & Confused, our music and spoken word project, has taken in two national tours and also entertained thousands of festival folk at the Summer Sundae Weekender in 2008 and 2009. Find out more here
Our Fertilizer festival, which each year showcases ‘Good Shit from’ a particular country, introduces the best new international talent to UK audiences, and develops our national and international networks. In 2009, our international adventuring led us to focus our spotlight on all things Polish. You can see what we got up to on our blog here.
Previous live experiments include Exhibition Road Music Day; The Bays, Barbieri and Torn tour for the Contemporary Music Network, the DN-Asia conference, produced in association with Watermans Arts Centre, and a Performing Arts Showcase for the British Council.