“Festival Freebies” To Take Place At City Hall

January 21, 2013

Free performances will take to a newly created stage in City Hall later this month. Festival Freebies is an exciting part of the Festival Impressions exhibit opening next Friday, January 25 at the Bermuda Society of Arts.

The inspiration and creativity spawned in local artists by performances in last year’s Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, is showcased in Festival Impressions.

The City Hall exhibit features the work of established local artists as well as non-professionals and local students. Entries include a wide variety of artistic forms including photography, painting, drawing, sculpture, video and writing.

Local artist Kendra Earls was commissioned to create a mosaic for this year’s Festival. Her original work, images of which are used in this year’s branding, will be featured prominently in the exhibition.

Capturing the movement that performance art inherently has, local artist Emma Ingham will sketch some of this year’s Festival performers as they rehearse. These sketches will form part of the exhibit.

From time to time Ms Ingham will also work in-situ at the gallery, sketching people as they peruse the exhibition.

“Emma’s in-situ work is really a marriage of the performing arts and static works of art,” said exhibition organizer Rebecca Younie. “Visitors to Festival Impressions will be able to watch her in action and may even have their images form part of the exhibit.”

“This year we introduce Festival Freebies – a series of ten free talks and performances by locals and some of the performers in the Bermuda Festival,” said Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts, Artistic Director, Karen Pollard. “Most of our Freebies will take place on a newly created stage in the Festival Impressions exhibit,” she added.

“We’re excited to increase Bermuda’s exposure to all forms of art and are particularly pleased to offer this free series as a means of furthering this reach,” said Festival Chairman, Ian Davidson.

Festival Impressions opens at the BSoA Gallery on Friday, January 25 from 5 – 7 pm. The exhibition runs until March 6 and is open 10 – 4 Monday – Friday and 10 – 2 on Saturdays.

Festival Freebies begin at 12.15pm and will last about 30 mins, the schedule is below:

Monday, January 28 Cover Story

  • Artist Kendra Earls will discuss being commissioned by Bermuda Festival to do a mosaic for its 2013 branding. She will describe the process of the project and the importance of public art and how mosaics can be incorporated into Bermuda’s architecture.

Saturday, February 2 Children’s Day

  • Mosaic making classes 10 & 11:45 a.m. pre register online or at BSoA
  • Special activities for children and a performance by the Hand Bell Choir of Somerset Primary School at 11 a.m.

Tuesday, February 5 The Art of Writing Prose & Poetry

  • Local writers read from their work on Bermuda and her people.

Thursday, February 7 Behind the Scenes

  • Joe Cashore talks on the construction and manipulation of the Cashore Marionettes.

Tuesday, February 12 Duo Amal

  • Bishara Haroni and Yaron Kohlberg talk about their music and their shared belief that music-making can transcend political and national differences.

Thursday, February 14 Tooz Company

  • Nancy Smith (flute) and Steve Crawford (guitar) give a lunchtime concert entitled Romantic Tapestry on Valentine’s day.

Tuesday, February 19 Musical Interlude

  • The Saxophone Quartet and String Ensemble of Saltus Grammar School present a mixed programme.

Wednesday, February 20 The Joy of Singing with Voces8

  • A combined choir of 300 school students will sing on the steps of City Hall under the direction of Voces8.

Thursday, February 28 Musical Interlude

  • Musicians from Warwick Academy present a varied programme of music.

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