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Sun 2 May  |  12.30-1.30pm (BST)

Online Artist Sharing with  Q&A  |  For all ages | BSL Interpreted | Closed Captions Available

Re-thinking Global Cultural Exchange

Lindiwe Matshikiza, Esther Huss, Teresa Brayshaw and Walli Höfinger  - in conversation with Kate Craddock

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Credit: Esther Huss

In this session, GIFT’s Festival Director, Kate Craddock, will open up a conversation about how meaningful global cultural exchange between artists can be maintained, without the need to travel. How can international conversations and opportunities between artists be kept alive in an environmentally responsible, post-Brexit, Covid-context? 


In this session, Kate will be joined by 4 artists, all in different locations, who have been working separately, remotely, on 2 different creative projects, over different time frames. 

The GIFT Exchange, Remote Residency: Esther Huss and Lindiwe Matshikiza

In the lead up to The GIFT Exchange, two artists, one in Johannesburg, the other in Northumberland, were introduced to one another for the first time. The artists were invited to spend a few days working online together, and engage in a remote residency, with no fixed agenda.  In this session, Esther Huss (Germany/UK) and Lindiwe Matshikiza (South Africa) will share their experiences from their residency together. 

10/11/12: Teresa Brayshaw and Walli Höfinger

The 10/11/12 Collaboration is a creative conversation between two women born on the same day in different parts of Europe. Two women who met in Budapest on a European cross-cultural performance training project exploring and sharing best practice. Walli is a Roy Hart voice teacher, Teresa is a Feldenkrais practitioner. For the last 15 months they have been writing, singing and moving together between Manchester and Berlin. Their first work ‘Umbilical Chords’ is a collection of spoken word, music and sound texts which will be produced in time for GIFT2022.

Ticket information and accessing events online
Due to the ongoing global pandemic, The GIFT Exchange is taking place online, providing a digital space for us to come together to exchange.
Tickets are limited and Free and need to be booked in advance here

Artist biographies

Lindiwe Matshikiza

Lindiwe Matshikiza is a multidirectional artist with a background in theatre-making and a special focus on performance, writing and directing. Her projects are largely process-driven, collaborative and often take on more than one form over time, and she has worked with a wide range of artists across various kinds of practice in Africa and the rest of the world. In recent years, Lindiwe has been a fellow of The Camargo Foundation (France), Vila Sul (Brazil) and Institute for Creative Arts (SA). She is co-founder of Motherbox: Organisation for Cooperation in the Arts together with artists, João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and Mmakgosi Kgabi. 


Esther Huss

Esther Huss is a dance artist and performance maker originally from Germany but living in the North East of England. Esther has performed internationally for almost two decades and co-founded the inclusive dance company Dandelion Collective. Esther’s work is influenced by her study of Butoh, interest in nature and her personal heritage of pre and post war German dadaism and expressionism.


Since moving to the North East in 2018 Esther has developed multidisciplinary work. Esther is interested in exploring the micro and macro moments of life and examining how separate art forms can converge to illuminate truth and story.

Walli Höfinger

 Born 1966 in Austria. Walli Höfinger is a performance artist, voice performer and accredited Roy Hart voice teacher (Malérargues, France 2009) who lives and works at Gutshof Reichenow near Berlin. Her artistic work currently focuses on experimental work on the voice, writing her own texts as well as voice and piano compositions. She works equally solo and collaborates with Christiane Hommelsheim, Jonathan Hart-Makwaia, Biliana Voutchkova, Ingo Reulecke, Teresa Brayshaw, and others. She regularly teaches voice workshops in Germany and throughout Europe. She speaks German, English and French.

Teresa Brayshaw

Born 1966 in England

Teresa Brayshaw is a theatre maker, teacher and Feldenkrais Practitioner (2013), who lives in in Manchester and works at Leeds Beckett University and Rose Bruford College of Theatre and Performance. She works as a director, researcher and collaborator across a number of international, interdisciplinary and intergenerational projects including Cinage Live, Player Piano, ACT Festival artist conversations, ATIPIA training & In their Own Words. She co-edited both the Twentieth & Twenty First Century Performance Readers (2013, 2020 Routledge). She speaks English and Spanish.

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