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Exchange ideas and make new connections- despite lockdown

Missing being a social butterfly?

Every year at GIFT we host a series of lively talks, discussions, screenings and workshops alongside our programme of performances- where you can chat, collaborate, meet new people who are passionate about the arts, and performance practice, and gain inspiration in an open, positive space.

We explore pressing topics affecting the world of contemporary theatre and performance, and society as a whole, and make connections through conversation. This GIFT we’ll be getting together digitally to take an in-depth, creative look at subjects including: how to produce truly sustainable artistic projects; the powerful role that artists can play to fight the climate emergency, as well as how you might go about re-imagining a festival like GIFT as a digital delight.

Hosted and facilitated by brilliant artists and blended with a little bit of performance magic, you’re invited to join in with the festival community online, and either share ideas and views or just enjoy watching or listening to each session.

Kicking off the weekend, you can tune into Festival Director Kate Craddock’s Friday morning whistle stop tour of the GIFT weekend programme, the digital interpretation of the festival and emerging themes. Take part in Where are we now? and find out just how the pandemic is affecting artists’ lives, practice and livelihood. This event will be BSL interpreted.

In Making Intergenerational Stories: Where have I been, where am I now, where am I going? We’re encouraged to reflect on our own experiences of ageing, using creative film writing and theatre making in a talk-film-screening-workshop, bringing together movement, speech and writing. And if you’re after a lively debate, International Working and Sustainability investigates the impact, on the environment, of presenting work and developing practice at international festivals. This event will be BSL interpreted.

For university students or recent graduates, this year’s GIFTed Conversation is an open, welcoming session inviting people to share thoughts and experiences of this year’s festival, make connections and identify solutions to practice stumbling blocks.

To find out more about the ongoing global climate crisis, The Climate Emergency – A Reality Check is an inspirational talk and facilitated discussion where you can gain insight and share your views. It will cover the role the arts can play and how artists of all disciplines could create works that respond to this critical global issue.

And if you’re in need of a manifesto right now (we certainly are) we’ve got a brand new performance discussion MANIFESTOS from times of CRISIS that creates a virtual gathering space to reflect on the impact of COVID19, what is happening, how we are living, and how we want to continue. Add your voice to this intimate, small audience, online experience and co-create a ‘politics of being’ for our current turbulent times. The performance on Saturday at 1pm will include a live BSL interpreter.

For some socially distant socialising, and to be part of the GIFT community, get your digi tickets now and join us for some great debates, and even new mates, here on



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