Saturday 19 March

FESTIVAL LAUNCH AND OPENING WEEKEND
Fri 26 – Sun 28 February 2016

The Festival launches on Fri 26 February at The Mining Institute Library with a short introduction to the Festival theme and programme, followed by the preview of the Festival Exhibition in venues across Newcastle and Gateshead.

The Opening Weekend includes talks with exhibiting artists Claire Fontaine, Dan Perjovschi, R.E.P., Haim Sokol, Hugo Canoilas and Pallavi Paul. Special events over the weekend include the UK premiere of two international feature films with the directors and producers in attendance. No Place For Fools by Oleg Mavromatti reveals how individual life is affected by politics in capitalist Russia; whilst Quarter 4/11 by Ranu Ghosh is about human displacement and resilience amidst accelerated capitalism in India today.

On Sat 27 February we present the UK premiere of Roee Rosen’s performance concert Buried Alive, an elaborate satire in which the childlike avatar of Vladimir Putin is murdered by animated objects. Durational gallery-based performances take place on Sunday 28 February with Haim Sokol presenting a live reading of a text work reflecting the ongoing post-Holocaust politics of exclusion and racism in society today; and Tim Brennan reads from the personal diary of his walk along the route of the Jarrow Crusade.

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