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Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox

Wednesday 21st September 2016 at 9am 0 Comments Visual Arts

Belfast-based performance art organisation Bbeyond has organised a worldwide arts event that will see 292 Artists from 29 countries perform in their respective cities on the Autumn Equinox, 22nd September 2016.

‘Same Difference: Equinox to Equinox’ is a creative celebration of Performance Art around the world, from Australasia to the Middle East and from the Arctic Circle to Central America. The initiative, which is supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, will demonstrate how people and places, with very diverse cultural backgrounds, share common connections through the arts.

Artists will make hour-long performances in public spaces in their respective cities, based on the collective theme: ‘Being (in) Public – Freedom, Action, Art’. The performances will be recorded, then edited and shared across the groups by Bbeyond.

One of Britain’s leading performance artists, Alastair MacLennan, from Bbeyond said, “The project will involve tapping into and working from archetypal, underlying principles of commonality beneath surface appearances of 'seeming' difference.”

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, said, “The arts offer us unique insights into different nations and different cultures, and we find through the arts that we share more in common than we may at first think. The ‘Same Difference’ performance art event is a great opportunity to acknowledge and celebrate the significant worldwide contribution that artists and arts organisations are making to the quality and creativity of life here as elsewhere.”

In April 2017 Bbeyond will follow up on this initiative with a symposium in Belfast Being (in) Public: Human Ecology and Contemporary Imaginaries’, examining the role of public space and how art can play an important role in the nature of public spaces.

For further information, contact Brian Patterson on Tel: 07968 643871 or email:

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