2021-2022 ORIGINS Festival Announced

20 April, 2021

Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, the UK’s only large-scale multidisciplinary festival of Indigenous arts and culture, will celebrate its seventh edition with an unprecedented and evolving year-long programme from leading Indigenous artists and thinkers. 

Join us as we open the 2021-22 ORIGINS Festival with an online welcoming event on 13 May, including a performance of the short play KATHARSIS by Yvette Nolan (Algonquin, Canada) - a digital love letter to a theatre left empty by the pandemic. 

From May 20, we present a series of online literature events, including the US Poet Laureate Joy Harjo (Mvskoke), novelist Stephen Graham Jones (Blackfeet, US), poets Natalie Diaz (Mojave, US), Liz Howard (Anishinaabe, Canada) & Matthew James Weigel (Dënësųłinë́ & Métis, Canada), children's author Nicola Campbell (Nłeʔkepmx, Syilx and Métis) & environmental writers Kyle Whyte (Potawatomi, US) & Jay Griffiths (UK).

As the Festival evolves, we will be moving to performance-based interventions in public spaces, drawing powerful links between Indigenous experience, local heritage and sustainability.

Festival events will take place outdoors or online and have been developed to be COVID-friendly for exhibiting artists and visiting audiences. 

Join us to experience another way of living.


Read the press release.