The Festival of Radical Care, presented by The Albany and ClerkinWorks, is set to reach a dramatic conclusion this Sunday with a Queer Cabaret and a conference on racism in theatre.
Presented by Improbable, the conference is part of the company’s Devoted and Disgruntled series, an ongoing conversation giving theatre and performing arts practitioners the space and time they need to create positive change.
Meanwhile the Queer Cabaret has been conceived as a joyous closing event – a night about how Kings, Queens and in-betweens care radically through queer joy, swagger, spoken word and lip syncing. Featuring Cocoa Butter Club’s Mr Wesley Dykes, Sigi Moonlight, Amelia Stubberfield and award-winning performer, artist, producer and neo burlesque star Rhys’Pieces.
Festival curator Angela Clerkin comments: “As one of the Albany’s Artists of Change I wanted to create a festival to highlight and celebrate some of the amazing creativity and connections from the art centre’s resident companies, Associate Artists and Lewisham residents that went on during lockdown – and continues today. This festival is about acknowledging that it takes the whole community to care for the whole community, it’s time to celebrate, to protest, to create, to dance and to laugh, It’s time for The Festival of Radical Care.”
Artistic Director and CEO of the Albany, Gavin Barlow said: “We’re so pleased to be working with Angela on this festival that highlights the acts of care that have been happening not only over the last 18 months, but for years throughout Lewisham and beyond. The festival also highlights the importance of joy and togetherness as a means for caring for one another and we hope people come away with fresh ideas on how to care for each other and themselves.”
Festival of Radical Care concludes this Sunday at the Albany. For full details visit https://www.thealbany.org.uk/shows/art-installations-festival-of-radical-care/
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