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Lockdown theatre project showcases NI’s prominent and emerging Intercultural Artists

Tuesday 23rd February 2021 at 5pm 0 Comments

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Terra Nova Productions, Northern Ireland’s intercultural theatre company creating culturally diverse, professional and community-led projects for over 13 years, has been working with some of Northern Ireland’s most exciting freelance artists, from diverse backgrounds, throughout the lockdowns. The company is delighted to announce that the first set of work developed by the artists is ready to view and will be released weekly online (www.terranovaproductions.net) from 26th February to 31st March.

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Organisations Emergency Programme, this project provides a platform to showcase artists who, through various art forms, explore and highlight a range of current issues including the impact of the pandemic, family separation and loss, social justice and #BlackLivesMatter.  

The short pieces are wide ranging in style and are based on the artist’s investigations. They include everything from how languages other than English may influence the performance of Shakespeare, intimate storytelling, to compelling work about injustice and reparations and a piece capturing the sound of mornings all across the globe. 

Looking forward to sharing the artists’ commissions online, Andrea Montgomery said:
“Terra Nova is delighted to be releasing this first wave of work, through the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Organisations Emergency Programme and of course the ongoing support of the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council are key. We have focused our work during the pandemic on our network of freelance artists, and we are proud of that.  Whilst this pandemic is challenging for everyone in the arts, it continues to be especially difficult for freelance immigrant and ethnic minority artists.  There is incredible talent wanting to work both locally and through our global arts networks. We hope this project will inspire more intercultural artists to get involved in future Terra Nova projects, and will feed into our on-going drive to innovate in the area of intercultural arts.”

Gilly Campbell, Head of Community Arts & Participation, added:
“Congratulations to Terra Nova and everyone involved in creating these new works which use the arts to explore and understand difficult issues faced by our immigrant and ethnic minority artists.  The Arts Council is delighted to support this important work through our Organisations Emergency Programme, a vital funding scheme designed to help arts organisations respond to the impacts of the Covid-19 crisis by continuing producing creative work and to plan for recovery in the long-term.  We look forward to experiencing the new works presented by Terra Nova over the coming weeks and months ahead.”

The commissioned pieces will be released weekly online from 26th February until 31st March and are free to view. For details visit www.terranovaproductions.net or follow Terra Nova Productions on Facebook @terranovaproductions, Instagram,Twitter @TerraNovaDrama and You Tube using #TerraNovaDrama.

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