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Let's Go Outside: Maintaining Live Performance, for everyone, in a Pandemic

Let's Go Outside: Folkestone Panel Discussion and Q&A

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South East Industry Panel Discussion and Q&A

These panel discussions will discuss the challenges faced by performing arts organisations and artists when we 'Go Outside’, how we ensure health, safety & well being without compromising on artistic integrity, and how are organisations ensuring that they cater to diverse audiences.

This second discussion will be with Folkestone based panel of specialists discussing performing arts and working outdoors in Folkestone - speakers to be announced soon.

There are 20 free places available to guests who would like to join the Zoom session. Guests will have an opportunity to ask the speakers questions at the end of the discussion.

This panel discussion is part of the South East Creatives [SECCADS] programme which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Panel chair:
Benjamin Sebastian, Performance Space

Diane Dever, Folkestone Fringe
Sadie Hurley, JimJam Arts
Matthew Jones, 1DegreeEast
Joseph Moran Schofield, Performance Space

Diane Dever, Folkestone Fringe

Diane Dever is an artist who lives and works in Folkestone, a town that has seen big changes through cultural led regeneration. She is interested in the notions of Civic and Public– how people connect to place, each other and larger concerns that impact on the everyday. She is motivated by how the creation of opportunities enables a holistic approach to development that can benefit all. She leads Folkestone Fringe, curates Folkestone Harbour Arm and Chairs the Urban Room Network She is a Board Member for the Institute for Public Art and a member of the Arts and Place Consortium.

Sadie Hurley, JimJam Arts

Sadie Hurley is a freelance theatre and music practitioner and co-director of Folkestone based theatre company JimJam Arts. JimJam Arts specialise in projects, performances and events that are for, by and with the community. Their most notable projects to date are the Folkestone Living Advent Calendar and large scale family events in the Folkestone Coastal Park during the summers.

Matthew Jones, 1DegreeEast

Matthew Jones is a founder and Creative Director of 1DegreeEast and a creative producer who has worked in theatre and dance for over twenty-five years. He has produced over seventy productions including co-productions with Royal Opera House, National Theatre and Sadlers Wells. His work is predominantly in physical theatre, dance and outdoor arts. He has produced performances and creative projects in over 25 different countries. Matthew’s is also the Executive Director of Ballo Arthur Pita. Matthew was General Manager of Greenwich+Docklands Festivals for 6 years, he has been General Manager of Akademi; Executive Producer of Nitro; Producer of David Glass Ensemble and Producer of Tara Arts. Matthew is Chair of Revolution Arts CIC and has been a Trustee of Greenwich Dance, Greenwich+Docklands Festivals, Commicado, Nitro, Inside Job and was Chair of the Independent Theatre Council for 4 years. He is a Senior Research Fellow at London South Bank University and previously a Visiting Lecturer as well as Tutor for Creative Producers on the MA for Advanced Theatre Practice at Central School of Speech and Drama.
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Joseph Morgan Schofield, Performance Space

Joseph Morgan Schofield makes queer ritual action. Through performance, writing and curation they hold space for gathering and communion. Their work, which foregrounds the immediacy of the bleeding, sweating, sensate body, can be understood as acts of mythopoesis - ways of visioning other queer futurities. They are the assistant director of @performance_space, co-director of @vsslstudio and the facilitator of @futureritual.
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Benjamin Sebastian, Performance Space

Benjamin Sebastian (AUS/UK 1980) is a visual artist & curator specialising in time-based media & performance art. They are director of ]performance s p a c e [ (Folkestone); the only performance art specific gallery, studio & residency space in the UK - as well as co-director of VSSL Studio in Deptford, London. Their research interests span artificial intelligence, spiritualism, magick, gender, sexuality and decolonial practice(s). Benjamin is a member of the national consortium; Live Art UK.

*Please note, these Zoom sessions will be recorded and screened on Facebook / YouTube after the event.

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