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Coming up…

August 2019
Tropical Performance Conference

August 5th - 6th Manila, Philippines

Calls for proposals are still open and close April 15th

Tropical Performances: The Second Performance Studies Philippines Conference is the second edition of the Pagtitipon conference, first convened on 24 August 2013, which successfully gathered more than two hundred participants and affirmed the need for new paradigms for thinking and practicing performance in archipelagic Philippines.

This second conference radiates out into the larger tropical context of performance encompassing the archipelago and seeks to make connections with thinkers and practitioners of performance and performance studies in and on the tropics.

Organized by the Department of Literature, De La Salle University, in collaboration with the Performance Studies Philippines network, with funding from the [Philippine] Commission on Higher Education.

September 2019

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Interested in rivers? Have a look at Afon - a mini festival but big opportunity coming up in Wales as part of the Maynard Festival

Towards a Sustainable Water Future

24 - 27th September 2019 Bengaluru, India

The inaugural Future Earth conference on our Water Future

The Sustainable Water Future Programme (Water Future) of Future Earth is organizing the first international conference of Water Future titled 'Towards a Sustainable Water Future' in Bengaluru, India. The conference will be hosted by Divecha Centre for Climate Change, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru.

The conference will address the current state of global water resource challenges, future pathways and scenarios, and different technological, institutional solutions to accelerate the implementation of water-related Sustainable Development Goals and the 2030 Agenda targets with an aim of 'leaving no one behind'. Around 1200 participants all across the globe are expected to attend the conference thus giving a major opportunity for academics, water practitioners, policymakers, scientists, civil society and government officials to discuss the direction that the global science community should take in order to solve myriad of challenges affecting our water systems in real time, and develop new frontiers for innovative solutions. The conference will be a forerunner to a high-level political event called the Budapest Water Summit scheduled a month after this conference. The outcome of the conference is expected to be a valuable input to this summit in Budapest.


June 2019
Убежище / Suoja / Shelter

Cosmopolitics, Comradeship, and the Commons

June 7th - 9th

Ecology in Action for a Shared Planet:

How may we as artists, citizens, activists, students, and community organizers re-think and develop radical, counter-hegemonic practices that help us re-imagine climate resilience and enable the creation of a new commons? It is precisely these issues that will be explored during the 2019 Shelter Festival. The festival will take place in Helsinki, a city where such inquiries are informed by the impending sea-level rises, looming gentrification driven by climate change, and increasing distrust of the Other. Drawing on Isabelle Stengers' concept of "Cosmopolitics," where diverse stories, perspectives, and practices connect to lay the foundation for new strategies and radical possibilities, the Festival will act as a temporary commons for diverse approaches to the ecological crisis and its economic, social, and cultural affects and effects.

Call for artist’s proposals

National Theatre Wales’ Egin: National Theatre Wales wants artists for two-week climate change residency in Snowdonia

Information for Applicants:

Connecting artists and thinkers with local communities, the natural environment and Wales’ cultural heritage; Egin will take creative experimentation as its starting point, to inform new practice, imagine possible futures, and inspire sustainable approaches to living. While causes and consequences of climate change are perpetually debated, what is certain is that the most affected people are mostly those who have contributed least to these changes, and have the least power to intervene.

What are the themes of the residency?
At Egin, in conversation and through the art that is made, attending artists will explore:

 local/global climate impact
 sustainable management of natural resources
 preservation of cultural heritage and wildlife in the context of changing the climate
 climate justice
 sustainable communities

Who should apply? Any artist
 interested in making performance in a variety of collaborative artistic forms including, but not limited to: theatre, choreography, live art, installation and digital/online practices
 at any stage of their careers – from emerging to established
 able to demonstrate and evidence a genuine interest in sustainable practice, and the theme of environmentalism
 excited by the unknown and by the possibility of the new

Also in Wales: Residential Movement Workshop
24-28 April 2019
Tycanol, Pembrokeshire, Wales/Cymru

Join Simon Whitehead in this latest of the Locator series this workshop will disclose a river’s everywhereness; both as it occurs within and between our bodies and through the fluid fields of our environment; situated in Tycanol, an ancient sessile oak woodland in the foothills of the Preseli mountains, west Wales.

My birthday began with the water…
Poem in October, Dylan Thomas

From interstitial lakes, cerebrospinal fluidity, vapour trails and breathing clouds, subterranean blood vessels, steaming skin, mouthfuls and bodies of water, we will navigate the labyrinth of streams that cross this woodland and flow wider to the sea. Through practices of transfer, touch and movement we orient to a river’s flowing entanglement in the field of our experience and it’s everywhereness.

Locator is an ongoing series of residential workshops created by Movement Artist Simon Whitehead and developed over the last 25 years. Tycanol, an ancient sessile oak woodland and a SSSI nested beneath the Preseli hills, Wales, has been the home for this located performance practice. Residing in the sensory life of the body and its enmeshment with other beings, Locator is an active practice of deep ecology and performance. Facilitated through a process of moving, dancing, walking and drifting, witnessing, howling, drawing, writing, fasting & eating, making and resting; within the fellowship of community.

Accommodation is in a converted medieval gatehouse at Pentre Ifan; with bedrooms, showers, kitchen and warm studio.

*(Locator 29 will be a largely mobile, laptop and tablet free- zone! However, each day for one hour it will be possible to walk up a hill to find a signal and plug in…)

Cost (including welcome meal):
£275 with full accommodation
Please book early to reserve a place by arranging a £100 deposit
(limited to 12 participants)
For information and travel contact: simon@simonwhitehead.net
(closest rail links: Clunderwen, Carmarthen and Fishguard)