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Umbrella Arts festival – Talky Tent line up!



Ideas, drama and discussion

Delve into the talky tent for stirring and inspirational performances and talks, exploring different people’s experiences of the world through the lens of health, wellbeing and art. Our programme brings together inspirational members of Southampton’s community, alongside leading artists, poets and writers from elsewhere. All brought to you by Artful Scribe and Dangerous Ideas Southampton.

Come and go as you please, it’s free to attend. Due to the powerful and real-life nature of the subject matter, some performances are less suitable for children. Umbrella Arts Festival 10 June 17 poster

11am              Welcome! Creative Southampton – Southampton people sharing news of creative initiatives that encourage better health, wellbeing and conversation about the issues that face us.

11.45pm        ‘Solipsism & the &’ – Carrie Carrie performs an extract from this show exploring themes of autism, communication and language.

12pm             Till Debt Us Do Part – A humorous exploration of debt through poetry, personal stories and actual research, as award-winning poet Tina Sederholm gets real about money. More details here.

1.15pm         Southampton In ConversationCatherine Wright explores stories of community participation, local history and public art in an interview with heritage coordinator Michaela Lawler-Levene and artist Anna Vickers.

2.30pm         Games with the Water Horse by Jon Adams. At its heart, it is an exploration of consciousness, life story, art forms, and neuro-diverse thinking. Games with the Water Horse is a piece that performance artist Jon Adams has learnt as a memory journey. Set to take place in two parts Jon will interact with the audience—telling a condensed, ’60 minutes’ of his and others interwoven lives. Jon Adams is an Associate Artist for the New Theatre Royal’s Creative Lab programme and a Creative Ambassador for the National Autistic Society. Not recommended for under 14s. More details here.

3.45pm         Issa Farrah – Southampton poet sharing his own take on the world.

4.00pm         Spillage – When the demands of work conflict with suppressed human needs, the results can only be messy. Spillage shows one man’s tragic-comic attempt to hold things together. Written/performed by Stewart Taylor and directed by Anna Carr. Stewart will be performing excerpts from Spillage followed by a Question and Answer session. More details here.

5.00pm         Our tent closes for the day!



Umbrella Arts Festival


Rain or Shine, a great time is guaranteed at Southampton’s newest family arts festival!

SoCo Music Project is delighted to announce Umbrella Arts Festival 2017. An exciting new one day festival bringing a diverse mixture of music, art and spoken word to Southampton. With local musicians and performers taking to the stage, interactive workshops, story telling, talks, an arts market and live installations, Umbrella Arts Festival will transport you into a world where creativity reigns.

The event is supported by Big Lottery and SoCo, working with local partners including Artful Scribe, Dangerous Ideas and Solent Showcase Gallery. We invite you to experience the best of Southampton’s creative offer and immerse yourself in a vibrant family event. Explore how music and the arts can have a transformative effect on our health and wellbeing by taking part in a range of activities.

This free family-friendly event will be packed full of entertainment. Explore the wellbeing area and take part in drawing, dance or poetry writing workshops; re-imagine Southampton through a series of live art installations; journey through our Arts Market to see bespoke creations from local designer makers or simply relax and enjoy the sonic landscape (or soundscape) of Southampton’s music scene.

Find out more:

Where: Palmerston Park

When: 10th June 2017