It’s a wrap for this year’s digital edition of GIFT, and wow, did all of our artists and audiences make it a big, beautiful, experimental success.
Thousands of people all over the world tuned into 36 performances, installations and interactive events, connecting together across 26 countries and seven digital channels.
Photo from Crack of Dawn by Greg Wohead. Photo credit: Nikhill Vyas
We watched funny, arresting shows; shed tears to poignant narratives and heartfelt love songs and tuned-in, and out, and in, to addictive durational works. We melted ice cubes with strangers on an inflatable island; made new friends and networks debating prescient issues; and danced the night away together in a virtual cocktail house party.
Photo from Elision by Gudrun Soley Sigurdardottir. Photo credit: Will Stringer
A huge thank you to everyone who watched, took part, and fully embraced the festival’s digital version, which was reimagined this year to replace our regular festival home in Gateshead.
A special thanks to GIFT’s funders and partners: Arts Council England, Gateshead Council, Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and Goethe-Institut London, and to everyone who gave a Pay What You Decide ticket donation on Just Giving.
GIFT would not be possible without this support.
Until our next big creative adventure together, stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to GIFT next year.
P.S. If you haven’t done so already - please do take 5 minutes to fill in our Audience Survey