ORIGINS 2021-22 Festival Opening

Thursday, May 13, 2021 Start time: 6:31 pm


Venue: Online

Join us as we open the 2021-22 ORIGINS Festival with an online welcoming event, 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.

The 2021-22 Festival will offer an unprecedented and evolving year-long programme, transforming digital and physical spaces into vibrant sites of creative enquiry and performance by leading Indigenous artists and thinkers. Informed by a decade of Festival activity, ORIGINS 2021-22 arrives at a crucial moment for the planet. Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated the fragility of our way of life. Climate change, which shares many of Covid’s causes, poses an existential threat. #BlackLivesMatter has exposed the fundamental injustices that underpin the histories from which the globally dominant culture grew. These challenges are not only political and scientific, but fundamentally cultural, forming the three key themes that will lead the Festival’s journey of enquiry through the year ahead:

  • Covid
  • Climate Change
  • Colonialism

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) & 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, asking urgent questions while respecting the time and space needed to stop and contemplate the answers.

We hope you will join us to experience another way of living.

Supported by Beyond the Spectacle and the High Commission of Canada in the UK.