12 Oct 2020
Pull up a chair – the 2020 Belfast International Arts Festival is inviting the world to view its dazzling online programme of events.
From 12 October to 1 November, the acclaimed Belfast International Arts Festival (BIAF) will showcase the best of Northern Ireland and international arts through a programme of events featuring dance, music, theatre, film, visual arts and discussion, most of which will be hosted online.
BIAF20 will open with the premiere of a new online and interactive theatrical production of Macbeth by Big Telly, a world leader in live digital theatre. This imaginative reboot of Shakespeare’s timeless, blood-soaked tale will be performed live on Zoom.
Another dramatic highlight will be The University of Wonder & Imagination by Cahoots NI, a fun-filled, immersive theatrical experience for families. It is an hour-long interactive digital theatre production that allows audiences to effectively direct the performance, based on their interaction with the performers.
The renowned Portuguese artist, Pedro Penim, will livestream Doing It, a virtual journey across his ‘island collection’, exploring these hidden places and his secret obsession with our planet’s remote islands.
The festival also presents a great programme of music including exclusive recitals and concerts. Madrigals at the Museum will showcase the work of Claudio Monteverdi, and the Belfast Ensemble will attempt to reinvent Beethoven in their new work, Septet (for four).
BIAF20 will screen the world premiere of Call Nina!, which follows the making and touring of ‘Nina – A Story About Me and Nina Simone’, by British actress and activist, Josette Bushell-Mingo.
The University of Wonder & Imagination by Cahoots NI
A series of art films focusing on contemporary dance will include the UK/Ireland premiere of Si C’était de l’amour. This film marks the highly successful fusion of an out-of-the-ordinary dance show, Crowd by Gisèle Vienne, and the hyperlucid sensitivity of filmmaker Patric Chiha.
The BIAF20 Talks and Ideas programme will feature the best of contemporary fiction writers including Sebastian Barry, Sarah Moss, Robert Webb, Daisy Johnson and Bryan Washington who will discuss their latest work.
Topics as diverse as politics, feminism, race, equality and weight and health issues will be explored by leading voices from the worlds of broadcast journalism, law enforcement and publishing.
As BIAF20 draws to a close on Sunday 1 November, the eve of the US Presidential election, two British-American experts on US history – civil rights and politics professor Sarah Churchwell and Dr Michell Chresfield – will discuss the history of white nationalism in American politics and what’s at stake when US voters go to the polls.
Most BIAF20 events are free to view but donations are encouraged.
Doing It by Pedro Penim
SI C’ÉTAIT DE L’AMOUR (IF IT WERE LOVE)
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