Central Hub: Eleto Chocolate Café 12-14 Rendezvous St, Folkestone CT20 1EZ [always occupied for information and directions]
Monica Ross: Act of Memory
3:30 pm Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall St, Folkestone CT20 1DY
You are invited to participate in a recitation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights as part of Monica Ross’ work Act of Memory. The performance will take place at 3:30 pm Saturday, September 23 in Folkestone in front of the Folkestone Town Hall. Register to participate here.
Denise Ackerl: Occupy Folkestone
Workshop: 12-1 pm Eleto Chocolate Café
Performance 1: 1:15 – 1:30 pm The Leas
Performance 2: 3:15 – 3:30 pm Town Hall
Starting as early as the suffragette movement, non-violent resistance has been a crucial factor in changing political landscapes all over the world. During this 1-hour workshop participants are invited to join a practical and theoretical conversation on contemporary forms of non-violent protest and the importance of creative thinking within it. First, practical strategies used by the Occupy Wall street movement like the ‘human megaphone’ or ‘HOP’, the collective jumping around and shouting ‘Hop’, will be demonstrated and put into action. This is then followed by a discussion on macro and micro gestures of resistance that are suitable for everyone on and offline. Besides getting more familiar with the history of the subject, this workshop emphasizes empowerment through creativity, fun and criticality.
To book a place in the workshop, please click here.
Athelstan Sound Ensemble: Zero Hours
Performance 1: 12.45 – 1 pm The Leas
Performance 2: 2:45 – 3 pm Eleto Chocolate Café
Zero Hours is an open score vocal piece based on a standard zero hours employment contract. Athelstan Sound Ensemble is a group of improvising musicians and non-musicians based in Margate, Kent. The group has an open membership and has performed at the Contrapop Festival in Ramsgate, Turner Contemporary in Margate amongst other venues. The group champions a speculative and holistic approach to the production and reception of sound, often collaborating with choreographers, writers and visual artists.
Alistair Gentry: Opportunity, Unfortunately
Various locations in Folkestone 1 – 3 pm
Opportunity, Unfortunately is a performance designed by Gentry to address issues around artist payments. Dressed in a costume of “an artist”, Gentry will approach various local businesses asking for goods and services in exchange for “exposure” or “future benefits for their career.”
Young In Hong: Echoes
Performance 1: 12:30 – 12:45 pm Bandstand
Performance 2: 1:45 – 2 pm Town Hall
Performance 3: 2:30 – 2:45 pm Town Hall
Finale: 4 pm – 4:15 pm Town Hall
Echoes is a relay of one person’s protest, realised through individual performances testifying to the idea of equality through individually different ways of expression. Accompanying an original soundtrack by Young In Hong (which is audible only to the performer), each participant improvises a live response.
If you play any portable instrument you can take with you, or sing, or perform you can participate. No previous performance experience is required. More information: Click Here or visit the Facebook page.
If you have any inquiry, would like to take part in, please contact: Young In Hong at firstname.lastname@example.org
Aaron Williamson Sings: the Disability Discrimination Act, (Part 1 to 3)
Various Locations in Folkestone 1 – 3 pm
The Disability Discrimination Act (DDA) passed in 1995, was the first significant anti-discrimination legislation for disabled people in the UK and was the culmination of huge mobilisation by disabled people calling for comprehensive social rights.
However, in its recommendations that ‘reasonable adjustments’ be made for social inclusion, in the 10 years immediately following the Act the employment rates of disabled people in fact fell.
Williamson takes the DDA’s perceived failings as the basis for manifesting it as a public document by (badly) singing it. Taking to the streets of Folkestone as a busker, the artist will strum a rudimentary D-D-A chord structure whilst delivering some 30 pages of the Act as an improvised ‘song’.