29 May – 4 June 2017
Block Universe is back for the third year running, from 29 May to 4 June 2017, with a programme of newly commissioned performances, UK premieres, talks and workshops.
Taking place at renowned institutions, including the Royal Academy of Arts and Somerset House, as well as unique locations across the city, the week long festival presents work by some of the most exciting UK-based and international artists working in performance art today: ¬†Eglńó Budvytytńó, IŇüńĪl Eńürikavuk, Liz Magic Laser, Nicole Bachmann, Rory Pilgrim, Stina Nyberg, Will Rawls, Young In Hong, Zadie Xa and a first-time collaboration between Kim Coleman, Zo√ę Poluch and Cara Tolmie.
This year‚Äôs festival theme will address notions of nationhood, inclusivity and identity politics set against a changing socio-political landscape. Looking at networked communities and the power of collective voices, Block Universe will champion work that questions the status quo in divisive times.
The best way to experience Block Universe is through the Block Universe ¬†Festival Pass. This Festival ¬†Pass ¬†grants you access to the ¬†festival’s weeklong programme of performances as well as exclusive events, giving you behind the scenes access to our artists and the performances. The Festival ¬†Pass costs ¬£150 only, and is available to purchase until ¬†26 May 2017.¬† To purchase your pass, please click ¬†here
Block Universe 2017 team: Louise O’Kelly, Founding Director & Curator; Nicky van Breugel, Project Manager; Xica Aires, Head of Production; Burcu Y√ľksel, Development; Tatjana Damm, Business Development; Katharina Worf, Public Programme Curator; Isabel Sachs, Communications; Celine Roblin-Robson, Project Assistant. Thank you to all our volunteers for their support!
Arts Council England
Gaia Art Foundation
Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia
Open Space Contemporary
The Embassy of Sweden in London
The Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
Lithuanian Culture Institute
Canada Council for the Arts
Film and Video Umbrella
The Scotch of St. James
Bath Spa University
Block Universe is delighted to announce Gaia Art Foundation as Principal Supporter for the 2017 edition.
The festival’s hospitality partner for 2017 is My Bloomsbury¬†– part of My Hotels Group.