Bristol's multi-talented storyteller Kabbo Hue Ferdinand Kabbo Hue Ferdinand | Facebook organized an amazing festival in March:The_Altered_Festival in the Galleries Shopping Centre in Bristol. This was intended to highlight the strong relationship between local artists and political activism. This took place in a former large scale shop unit now occupied by an organization called Keep Art It.
Artivist in a Box was a sealed off area in the shop window used as a performance space with microphone and outside speaker so you could be heard by the shoppers passing by. Joined by good friend and fellow member of Odd Lot Theatre we jumped at the opportunity to showcase our work. I performed a spoken word piece "Oddly Enough" from (heavens) 2020 and then some monologues from Age Queer.
The intention here was obviously to provide passers by with food for thought and if possible to do a bit of canvassing once I'd finished. I did get some audience! So once Andreea had performed a very moving piece she'd written about Ukraine we went off for a cup of coffee. Something I realise, now I'm writing this, is a taken-for-granted activity not available to the Ukrainian families Andreea had drawn our attention to.
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