nEU! reekie!'s Everything Up
************* NEU! REEKIE!s EVERYTHING UP *************
Featuring: BILL DRUMMOND * DALJIT NAGRA * SARA SARA * DJ ELIOT * HARRY JOSEPHINE GILES * EUROPEAN ANIMATION SHOWCASE - plus Neu! Reekie!'s Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson - & MORE TO COME!
*Neu Reekie in London Borough of Culture 2019: Waltham Forest*
After eight plus years of completing cultural quests / unshackling prize-winning events all over the globe, Neu! Reekie! end our London abstinence to say f*ck you to Brexit. Neu! Reekie! have built a show unashamedly pro-European in outlook, inspired by the best in contemporary European and international culture, language and coruscation.
Run by rambunctious poets Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson, Neu! Reekie! have recruited the help of: artist, Bill Drummond; literary behemoth Daljit Nagra; and French visual artist and DJ, DJ Eliot (Charlotte Giraudot); with more TBA.
Punctuating the live performances will be a fierce flow of experimental short films and animations from across Europe.
Find herein: experimental/avant-garde/dissident/outward looking culture featuring an eclectic shape-shifting mix of poetry, music, spoken word, performance art, dance, visual art, science, film, animation & activism.
Scotlands favourite avant-garde noisemakers..Neu! Reekie! dismantle the structures and snobberies dividing high and low art - art is for everyone' (The Skinny)
A wonderful world of cross-cultural verve' (The List)
A triumph' (Sunday Times)
THE BORDER & ME
Ive been crossing the border for the past sixty years.
Ive been crossing it since before Arlene Foster was born.
Or for that matter since before Mary Lou McDonald (Sinn Féin)
Or Robert Swan (UUP)
Or Colum Eastwood (SDLP)
Were all born.
I have crossed that border under all weathers
And all political climates.
I know what crossing borders is all about.
I know what a closed border looks and feels like.
I know what an open border looks and feels like.
And while we are at it, I have crossed the border on foot from Mexico to Texas.
Like a common-or-garden Wetback.
I know what the fuck I am talking about when it comes to crossing borders.
On New Years Day 1973 the Republic of Ireland and The United Kingdom both joined the then European Economic Community.
We did it hand in hand.
And it was a good thing.
On Good Friday 1998 the Good Friday Agreement was signed.
We did it hand in hand.
And it was a good thing.
The Good Friday Agreement assumed that both the Republic of Ireland and The United Kingdom would never be leaving Europe.
This was a mistake in the drafting of the Good Friday Agreement.
I want to address this mistake.
On the 28th of March, as in the day before United Kingdom leaves Europe, I will be in Waltham Forest with friends from Neu! Reekie! There I will be proposing the new clause that I believe must be added to the Good Friday Agreement.
A new clause that will ensure The Border will remain an open one.
On the 19th of April 2019, as in this coming Good Friday, I will be on The Border beginning the process of having this clause added to The Good Friday Agreement.
Bill Drummond 22nd of February 2019
(From Faber) was born and raised in West London, then Sheffield. He currently lives in Harrow with his wife and daughters. In 2004 his poem 'Look We Have Coming to Dover!' won the Forward Prize for Best Individual Poem, and his first collection of the same name won the 2007 Forward Prize for Best First Collection, was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and won the 2008 South Bank Show/Arts Council Decibel Award. Tippoo Sultan's Incredible White-Man-Eating Tiger Toy-Machine!!! (2011) and the Ramayana (2013) were both shortlisted for the T. S. Eliot Prize. He teaches at Brunel University London and is currently Poet in Residence at BBC Radio 4 and 4 Extra.
(From Daljit) Daljits parents came to Britain in the late 1950s and worked in the factories that helped to rebuild Britain. He is proud of his familys contribution to the vibrant new Britain which we all greatly enjoy.
S A R A S A R A
Introducing Sarasara, a distinctive french singer songwriter who is set to make waves within the industry. Clearly evident in her tone and approach, Sarasara is Influenced by artists such as Bjork, LFO, Vanessa Paradis, and has been experimenting with her voice and sound for many years. Graced with an angelic voice tinged with menace and mystery and combining her sound, image and individuality, Sarasara is a bold and unique artist who is ready to grace listeners with her enchanting and enigmatic sound. She throws herself into every syllable, testifying from the very core of her being. Her music comes from the soul and shatters the stereotype about the female artist. She studied business, foreign languages and history of thinking before moving to the UK to concentrate on her music. She is signed to One Little Indian Records and is about to release her second studio album Orgone in July 2019
is a french visual artist and music enthusiast living in London. With a sensitive ear to all things deep and danceable, passionate about a variety of genres but taking influences from 90s and downtempo sounds lover, her shows and sets are a blend of soulful and introspective sounds. As both a defined DJ and visual artist, DJ Eliot hosted radio shows on NTS, Worldwide FM, and south London radio Balamii. Resident DJ of famous Coastal Haze and Church parties at Corsica Studios
HARRY JOSEPHINE GILES
is a writer and performer from Orkney and based in Edinburgh. Their poetry collections Tonguit (2015) and The Games (2018) were both shortlisted for the Edwin Morgan Poetry Award, and Tonguit for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection. Harry Josephine was the 2009 BBC Scotland slam champion, founded Inky Fingers Spoken Word, and co-directs the performance platform Anatomy. Their poetry has toured North America, Europe and New Zealand, and their participatory theatre has toured widely, including Forest Fringe (UK), NTI (Latvia), CrisisArt (Italy) and Tesxt (Romania). Harry Josephines performance What We Owe was picked by the Guardian's best-of-the-Fringe 2013 roundup in the But Is It Art?.
Neu! Reekie! - Scotland's favourite avant-garde noisemakers (The Skinny) - are a prize-winning literary production house that have been curating cross-cultural events for over eight years now. We unfurl our own 'iconic' core shows as well as producing take-overs at National Galleries, National Museums and major festival. With anchors in poetry, music, animation & film, performance and the weird realms in between, Neu! Reekie! has become a fertile breeding ground for collaboration and one of the fastest moving grassroots arts organisations in the U.K.
This event will be hosted (including performances) by prize-winning poets: Michael Pedersen & Kevin Williamson.
Michael Pedersen: poet publishing with Polygon/Birlinn; a Canongate Future 40; John Mathers Charitable Trust Rising Star of Literature 2014; Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner 2015.
Kevin Williamson: author, published poet and cultural commentator; founder and Editor-in-Chief of the mighty Rebel Inc; Robert Burns aficionado; Robert Louis Stevenson Fellowship winner 2005.
MORE TBA SOON
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