The Glasgow Connected Arts Network Mini Fest will bring you 5 x 20 minute activites / performances / sharing / tutorials to enjoy from the comfort of your own home! Each activity will hosted by a Glasgow CAN member with a specialism in Participatory Arts, and will range from music making to storytelling, movement and theatre!
Glasgow Connected Arts Network CiC (Glasgow CAN) is the cultural hub for the advancement of Participatory Arts in the City and has over 300 members who improve community cohesion, break down barriers to access and instill positive social change through providing or programming Participatory Arts activities to communities in greater Glasgow.
The idea of hosting a 'Mini Fest' stemmed from the fact that during Covid-19 our artist members have been restricted in the types of arts activities they have been able to deliver and participate in. Most, if not all face to face activity has been paused, restricting people's access to the arts in Glasgow generally. A lack of opportunities for artists has been prevalent, particularly for those whose practices encompass performance, music and theatre. With many arts spaces and venues closing, arts activities have become less visible during this time.
To combat this and spread some festive cheer, Glasgow CAN artist members are coming together and bringing to light the variety of talents and arts activities available in Glasgow through our first ever online festival on Zoom.
We are asking Mini Fest attendees to contribute £5 if they are able as a small fundraiser for Glasgow CAN. We are raising funds to cover unexpected raised digital costs for our social enterprise due to the impact of Covid 19 so we can continue to support the Participatory Arts sector in Glasgow. However, we understand everyone's circumstances are different so this is a voluntary contribution.
1) 'The Thief' by Lewis Sherlock, physical theatre maker: The Thief is a small puppet with a human head who directly responded to audience' suggestions for actions whilst attempting to steal their possessions. Realising quite quickly into the interactive performance that the classic ‘hold-up- empty your wallets’ scenario isn’t going to fly, he decides to go along with what the audience are there for - entertainment in order to procure some loot.
With the current pandemic everyone has had to adapt including thieves. YOU think being creative is hard?- imagine trying robbing?! Everyone is working from home nowadays!
2) 'How to Create Original Movement' with B-Girl Emma Ready
During her 23 years of breaking (breakdancing), Emma Ready has established an international reputation as an inspirational, empathic motivator who is both approachable and accessible. She is renowned for her creativity and has been dubbed “10,000 Moves Master”. Join Emma to explore her process of creating new and original movement. Emma’s approach can be transferred to other artforms, so whether or not you are a dancer, let’s explore together.
3) Storytelling with Chief Gift Kofi Amu Logotse
Join creative storyteller Chief Gift Kofi Amu Logotse as he delves into a world of interactive storytelling. Enjoy a sharing of stories 'The joy of Knowledge' and 'By helping others you help yourself' and through the use of hand clapping and by weaving your individual voice into the stories. You'll have the opportunity to learn a new chant or language and see the unique storytelling style facilitated by Chief Gift Kofi Amu Logotse. The session is interactive, inclusive and suitable for family and group participation.
4) Christmas Solo Harp Performance by Sophie Rocks:
Join award-winning harpist, Sophie Rocks for a programme of seasonal sounds featuring an eclectic mix of some of your favourite Christmas melodies - from classical ballet music to sing along Christmas songs, there’s something for everyone!
5) 'Finding Hygge' by Joanna Stark, Musician with Nevis Ensemble:
In 2018, I dedicated a new folk tune to my older sister as she made her first big move away from home over to Norway. I wanted to write something inspired by the warm resonant tone of the Hardanger Fiddle, which is reflected in the piece’s title, ‘‘Hygge”, the Danish/Norweigen term for ‘cosiness’ and contentment. To English speakers, it might sound a little like ‘hug’, which is exactly the intention of the piece: to provide a dulcet soundscape for singing, playing, listening, being. You are invited to discover more about the piece, try your hand at vocal improvisation, rounded off by joining in with the original arrangement I recorded with my folk duo ‘Shamblestone’.
"The lead up to Christmas is usually a time when we want to be closest to our loved ones, however the restrictions of Coronavirus Pandemic have made this so much harder for many, like myself, this year. It therefore feels like a significant time to find some Hygge and share a ‘musical hug’ with everyone who may need it right now, not least to encourage them to find their own musical voice in this."
The Mini Fest will be a celebration of just some of what Glasgow's Participatory Arts scene has to offer with the chance to listen / watch / join in, ask questions, and chat with other festival attendees! In true festival spirit, we would like as many people from the wider community in Glasgow to get involved and enjoy what Glasgow CAN's array of members have to offer, therefore feel welcome to invite your friends, family and whoever else might want to join in.