14th – 17th July 2011, Henham Park Estate, Southwold, Suffolk.
ARTS ADDITIONS 7th JULY 2011
- FILM & MUSIC ARENA –
~ The Hidden Cameras ~
~ Future Cinema presents Old Boy: The Live Film experience Featuring Guillemots ~
~ BAFTA ~
- THE FARAWAY FOREST -
~ Les Enfants Terribles ~
~ Ruby Blues presents: Let The Right One In ~
~ The Winter’s Ball Art Collective featuring:
~ Chana Fielding ~ Eve Gardiner ~
~ Kate Auster & Florence Mein ~
~ Caroline Collinge & Edmond Salter ~
~ Sinead Thorpe & Miranda Booth ~ Georgia Clemson ~ Isabel Brierley ~
~ The Paper House ~
- THE WATERFRONT STAGE -
~ Chelsea College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion: Graduate Fashion Show ~
- COMEDY ARENA -
~ Latitude New Act Of The Year Award nominees:
~ Suzi Ruffell ~ Angela Barnes ~ Matt Richardson ~ Jimmy Bird ~ Pat Cahill ~
- CABARET ARENA -
~ Ed Aczel ~
~ Kerry Bradley ~
- LITERARY ARENA -
~ Owen Jones ~ Joe Dunthorne ~
~ Simon Garfield ~
- PANDORA’S PLAYGROUND -
~ Look Right Look Left ~ Sonic Manipulator ~
~ Flick Ferdinando ~
- POETRY ARENA -
~ James Bunting ~
- THEATRE ARENA -
~ Spanner ~
On 14th – 17th July in the sumptuous surrounds of the Suffolk countryside, the welcoming daisy-adorned gates will open for the 6th edition of the magical and fantastical Latitude Festival.
Since its inception in 2006, Latitude has changed the face of festivals forever, with a passion only matched by its ambition. Encompassing all aspects of the art and music worlds Latitude is the only place that brings together the best in music, literature, comedy, poetry, film, theatre, cabaret, art, dance, opera and fashion for one spectacular weekend. With an unrivalled line-up taking shape, Latitude 2011 will be another exhilarating, scintillating and inspirational festival of fun.
- FILM & MUSIC ARENA -
One of the most diverse and cutting edge elements to Latitude’s repertoire, the Film & Music Arena offers audiences mesmerising displays, performances and viewings of fantastic cinema and music. Sonically and visually rich, the worlds of alternative film and music collide with a full programme of award winning screenings, documentaries, shorts, Q&A discussions and musical treats.
The Hidden Cameras are a Canadian indie pop band fronted by singer-songwriter Joel Gibb. Their self-described "gay church folk music" has brought them an intensely loyal following over the course of their five albums with some weird and wild live shows along the way. A constantly evolving group of like-minded musicians headed by songwriter and artist, Gibb, The Hidden Cameras are veterans of the same rich Canadian music scene that inspired Arcade Fire, Final Fantasy and Broken Social Scene. Their live performances have been elaborate, high-energy shows, featuring go-go dancers in balaclavas, a zombie choir and blindfolded audiences.
Future Cinema, the creators of Secret Cinema, are proud to announce their return to Latitude Festival presenting a unique collaboration of film and music featuring Brit and Mercury Award nominees Guillemots. The company, famed for taking its audiences on immersive cinematic experiences, will present Park Chan Wook’s cult classic ‘Oldboy’ on the opening night of the festival. Winner of the 2004 Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, ‘Oldboy’ is the story of a Japanese man who finds himself propelled into a tale of betrayal and vengeance after unexpectedly waking up on a city rooftop after spending 15 years in a mysterious prison. The event will feature a new collaboration with acclaimed UK band Guillemots. Fresh from the release of their third album ‘Walk The River’, audiences can expect a very special fusion of cinema and sound as the band play live. This is the latest in a series of collaborations with the band, which have included a live-score accompanying David Lynch’s classic Eraserhead and a UK-wide film and music tour. Ahead of the feature presentation, sister short film label Future Shorts will present a series of specially selected shorts including Sam-Taylor Wood’s music video for REM’s Uberlin, the surreal ‘Bonefeather’, and ‘The Lost Thing’, narrated by Tim Minchin.
BAFTA are pleased to confirm the full line-up for the programme as below:
BAFTA Animation Shorts – Presented at the Orange British Academy Film Awards.
‘Thursday’ by Matthias Hoegg is an everyday love story set in the not so distant future sees blackbirds battling with technology, automatic palm readers and power cuts. ‘Matter Fisher’ by David Prosser is about a perplexed fisherman who becomes united with a fragment of estranged matter will be shown, plus the winning entry in the category ‘The Eagleman Stag’ by Michael Please. Voiced by the cult British actor David Cann ‘The Eagleman Stag’ is a dark, cerebral comedy about a man's obsession with his quickening perception of time and the extreme lengths he goes to in order to counter the effect. Each unfolding scene is a key moment in the life of Peter, another piece in the puzzle. Realised in monochrome stopmotion, the haunting and surreal settings create a sense of contemporary film noir.
BAFTA Presents: The Trip with filmmaker Richard Curtis in conversation with Rob Brydon, Steve Coogan and Executive Producer Andrew Eaton.
Comic actors Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon star as fictionalised versions of themselves in this BAFTA-winning BBC comedy, directed by Michael Winterbottom (‘24 Hour Party People’). Building on their improvised roles in Winterbottom’s ‘A Cock and Bull Story’ (2005), the pair undertake a restaurant tour of northern England, constantly bickering and attempting to undermine and outdo each other with various celebrity impersonations and critique of each other’s careers. BAFTA is thrilled to welcome self-proclaimed fan of The Trip and BAFTA Fellow Richard Curtis (‘Blackadder’, ‘Four Weddings & A Funeral’), who will interview both Steve and Rob, along with one of the series producers, Andrew Eaton. Prepare your “small man trapped in a box” impersonation in anticipation.
BAFTA’s big questions give you bite-size pieces of know-how, straight from the mouths of some of the finest talent from the film and television industries Watch footage of talent from across the industry answer 3 Big Questions: How did you get started? What film, TV show or video game has most influenced you, and why? What advice would you give to someone starting out?
The Warrior – Co Written and Directed by Asif Kapadia
The Warrior stars Irrfan Khan as Lafcadia, a warrior in feudal Rajasthan who attempts to give up the sword. The film is in Hindi and was filmed in Rajastahan and in the Himalaya India, it was financed by companies from the UK, Germany and France. The Warrior was awarded the Best British Film Award, as well as the Carl Foreman Award (an Award that recognises an outstanding debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer) at the Orange British Academy Film Awards in 2003.
Senna Q&A with Asif Kapadia
‘Senna’ is a documentary film about the life of Brazilian motor-racing champion, Ayrton Senna – the film begins his arrival in Formula One in the mid-1980s, and follows his struggles both on track against his rival, French World Champion Alain Prost, and off it, against the internal politics of the sport. It won the World Cinema Audience Award for documentaries at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and was a huge critical success on its release in April. The Guardian’s Steve Rose praised the fact that "with so much recorded footage of Formula One available, it has been possible to fashion Senna's story as a live action drama rather than a documentary. We're not so much hearing what happened in the past as seeing it happen before our eyes”. Asif Kapadia has selected clips from the film to show as part of this Q&A which will be led by Mariayah Kaderbhai.
The Sheep Thief
Made in 1997, The Sheep Thief was Asif Kapadia’s graduation film from the Royal College of Art. It tells the story of a young street kid who is branded for stealing and becomes and outcast. Winner of the 2nd Prize in the Cinefondation Awards at the Cannes Film Festival 1998.
BAFTA Presents: Emma Freud in Conversation with Ralph Fiennes
BAFTA and TCM are thrilled to welcome Suffolk-born Ralph Fiennes to Latitude Festival. Fiennes has been a regular face on our screens for 20 years, bringing a unique mix of mystery, warmth and quiet intensity to many memorable performances. Throughout his career, he’s showcased his talent in a diverse range of roles, balancing the villainy of characters such as Nazi war criminal Amon Göth in Schindler's List (for which he won the BAFTA), serial killer Francis Dolarhyde in Red Dragon and volatile cockney boss Harry in In Bruges, with softer, romantic leads in films such as The English Patient, The End of the Affair and The Constant Gardener.
He can currently be seen in the final instalment of the Harry Potter film series, giving a show-stopping performance as the evil Lord Voldemort. He has recently made his directorial debut with a film of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus in which he also stars as the flawed hero. The film was selected for screening In Competition at this year’s Berlin Film Festival and will open early in 2012.
In September he will play Prospero in a new production of The Tempest directed by Trevor Nunn at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket. Join us for this rare opportunity to hear the virtuoso actor discuss his career to date, with a particular focus on the roles he has undertaken that have been literary adaptations. This event is sponsored by film channel TCM.
BAFTA Presents: Q&A with E4’s Misfits
Engaging, genre busting and original, BAFTA-winning E4 TV series ‘Misfits’ follows five young delinquents on their community service who are caught outside during an electrical thunder storm and acquire special powers. Unlike their more conventional counterparts, our misfits don’t swap their ankle tags and mobile phones for capes and tights. Instead, they discover what a pain in the arse life can be when you’re stuck with a super power you didn’t want. We’re thrilled to welcome some of the Misfits cast and crew to the stage, taking time out of filming the third series to offer their insights into the hit show and answer your questions. Among the visiting superheroes are BAFTA winner Lauren Socha (Kelly), Iwan Rhoen (Simon), Nathan Stewart-Jarrett (Curtis), Antonia Thomas (Alisha), new recruit Joe Gilgun (also seen as Woody in This is England ’86) and Exec Producer Petra Fried.
- FARAWAY FOREST -
Latitude’s fairytale Faraway Forest is a secret haven of dark desires, mysterious mayhem and salacious sin-filled pleasure. This clearing under the woodland canopy will host the decadent Winter’s Ball full of all of the delights of Christmas, hands on workshops and mesmerising theatre and musical performances. Come along and lose yourself in the depths of The Faraway Forest.
Les Enfants Terribles Theatre Company presents the Winter’s Ball:
Enter the woods for a world filled with stories
of witches, of demons, of failures and glories.
There’s the Red hooded girl who finds herself lost,
enchanted by a man who has fingers of frost,
There’s the boy who tells lies who’s been up to no good
Who as punishment has found himself turned into wood.
Then the man with a loom who is spinning pure gold,
All their guilt, all their secrets, all their world will unfold.
When the queen made of the snow escapes from a book,
and a man charged with ice steals a few lustful looks.
The witch with her spells will soon call you away
to speak of dangers that lurk in the day.
With music enchanting, a beat, and a ball.
Where everyone is welcomed, come one and come all.
When all of us gather to remember their past,
then the Forest Forgotten has got you at last.
Deep in The Faraway Forest award winning theatre company, Les Enfants Terribles invite you to party in their winter wonderland all presided over by the terrifying Snow Queen. Prepare to enter a weird and wonderful world full of Grimm tales, poisoned apples, snow capped branches and Turkish delights. Join us for a night of music, mayhem and suitably sinister storytelling. Featuring live music, burlesque, visual cabaret, dancing and a few special surprises. Party late into the eve and be thrilled, entertained and just a little scared!
Trash City creative director Ruby Blues will be premiering a stunning new show ‘Let The Right One In’ on the stroke of midnight during Saturday night's Winter's Ball. Blues will be working for the first time with two of the UK's foremost male dancers, principal ballet dancer Rupert Pennefather and contemporary dancer/choreographer Alexander Whitley, formally of Rambert Dance Company, now working with Wayne McGregor Random Dance. Art-directed by Blues, inspired by the acclaimed Swedish art house vampire film 'Let The Right One In' and choreographed by Whitley and Pennefather, the piece will feature a duet between the two dancers and will be staged deep in the heart of The Faraway Forest under a blanket falling snow.
Adorning The Faraway Forest with exceptional pieces of art, sculpture, installations and illuminations are some of the most inspiring artists including current students and graduates from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design who together form the Winter’s Ball Art Collective. Located within the dense woodland you will delight at the magical wonders hidden within the trees. Transforming The Faraway Forest into the Narnia-esque Winters Ball they have created a unique exhibition that is not to be missed. Exhibitors include:
Central Saint Martins College graduate Chana Fielding invites you into the eerie and magical forest where you will be directed by arrows and signs on the trees to the Narnia Wardrobe. An Ice Queen will be lurking beneath the trees…surprising you with sprinkles of glitter…be aware…make sure she does not turn you into a frozen statue! Following the snow trail leads to large wardrobe doors. As you enter through the small gap you will find yourself in a snowy-wood lit by a lamp-post surrounded by Mr. Tumnus’ parcels. Hung on the trees will be magical and vintage clothing surrounded by wooden tables full of magical accessories, like wigs, masks, swords and crowns and plenty of sparkling make-up. Once in Narnia you will have fun dressing with Princess Lucy, getting your picture taken by the Lion, shooting the Turkish delight with Susan’s bow and arrow to win a lolly and if you are lucky seeing the witch! Be inspired by the colourful collection and Narnia spirit. See your transformation in the magical mirrors! Inside the beaver’s house, covered in snow and lanterns, you will be able to try on different outfits, which you can purchase at the end…. You can also enter a ruffle to be one of three to win a Mr Tumnus’ parcel (with all proceeds going to save the children charity). So come along with your friends and experience the magical world of Narnia!
Follow in the footsteps of Lucy and Edmund and step through the wardrobe into a winter wonderland. Inspired by the works of C.S. Lewis, textiles student Eve Gardiner has transformed part of The Faraway Forest into a knitted Narnia, providing festival goers with an escape from the hustle and bustle of the weekend. Sit down and relax on a carpet of newly fallen ‘snow’, surrounded by trees whose branches are adorned with glittering icy cobwebs. Lose yourself for a time in a world under the spell of the White Witch, and be sure to look out for Mr Tumnus darting between the glittering trees...¬
Kate Auster and Florence Mein (SIX company) present ‘Winter’. Come and relax around beautiful Paper Sculptures and stunning ‘Turkish Delight’ lighting immersed within The Faraway Forest to accompany our Narnia theme creating a beautiful yet sinister atmosphere. The set will change dramatically through the day as the natural light turns to night creating shadows and reflections. Auster and Mein are currently studying Performance Design and Practice at Central Saint Martins.
Caroline Collinge and Edmond Salter present ‘Cabinet of Curiosity’. The duo have conjured up beautiful paper costumes, lit by solar lamps into a dazzling installation dangling from the trees, representing the Winter Wardrobe found in the Narnia story. These structures, which at night will look like paper lanterns, act as symbolic interpretations of Victorian dress. Cabinet of Curiosity are a design collective who work across film, performance, architecture and installation.
‘Synaeseasons’ is co-produced by Central Saint Martin’s students Sinead Thorpe and Miranda Booth and is a performance installation involving a large Perspex cube - a fun and interactive experience for everyone involved. Within the performance cube musicians, magicians, poets and performers will showcase their talents whilst everybody paints the walls of the cube a season of the year as a response. The installation incorporates the Synaesthesia sensation where one part of the body’s senses is triggered by the sense in another part of the body. For instance, hearing a beautiful C chord and wanting to paint a yellow sunshine. For each performance the cube will be painted as a seasonal scene based on the changing seasons of narrative in Narnia.
Look upward in The Faraway Forest this weekend to take a sculptural peek at an ethereal alien invasion. These clusters of cocoon-like structures hanging from the trees are an intervention by 20 year old artist Georgia Clemson, who takes inspiration from science fiction when creating the rubbery light sculptures. Previously shown at the international event 'Museums at Night', this highly decorative work transforms the space come nightfall. Have your mind opened after dark when the cocoons will be lit and immerse yourself in the magical alien infestation. The artist was born in Birmingham, but currently studies Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
Performance Design and practice student at Central Saint Martin’s Isabel Brierley and her team have created a performance installation ‘An Oasis of Gold’ to stimulate the audience’s imagination and fantasies. Inspired by the Chronicles of Narnia as well as Greek, Turkish, and Roman mythology, each scene involves a tea party with different characters and environments. With the team consisting of fellow students from the course, along with support from Ben Gunn and the Junkyard Angels band, come along and witness gypsy magic, forest nymphs and champagne in the snow.
Imogen Eveson and Samara Tompsett graduated from Central Saint Martins last summer, when they brought their degree show to The Faraway Forest; installing 16 self-published magazines in a garden shed and bringing a fashion magazine to life in its surrounds. Since then, set designer Samara has been working on commissions for installations and window display, as well as collaborations for fashion publications. Imogen has continued to write and art direct and is producing a retrospective book on The Wapping Project. For this year’s festival they are collaborating once again, on their Paper House. Imogen will edit ‘The Chronicles of Latitude’, an oversized, daily newspaper dedicated to all things Latitude. Only half-finished each morning (the lures of late-night Latitude take their toll), she invites festival-goers to take up the journalistic slack and contribute reviews, stories, drawings and improvisations. Samara designs its home, an office space-cum-fantasy land. Taking cues from this year’s inspiration for the Faraway Forest, she creates a Narnian landscape to tempt the newspaper’s workforce away from their desks and into the night…
All involved in creating The Paper House are recent arts graduates who will be on hand and happy to discuss their ideas and careers so far with any aspiring young artists, designers and writers.
On Friday The Paper House opens its doors and invites you to get involved. The Chronicle’s journalists offer recommendations and musings on music and nature, and invite you to pen your own, puzzle over Caribou Sudoku or add a dating profile (yours or unwitting friends!) to our Lonely Hearts column. From midday, watch as photographer James Loveday directs a live fashion shoot in and around The Paper House and see the results published in tomorrow’s fashion supplement. See sandwich board daily for more details.
Saturday heralds The Chronicle’s fashion supplement, with its team exploring themes of festival dressing from all angles and featuring a special collaboration with its neighbour, fashion blogger and The Times columnist, Badaude. Ahead of the Winter's Ball, The Paper House will host festival styling and The Fabulous Photo Emporium from 4pm onwards as well a late-night photo shoot by Out There magazine, from 10:30pm to 2am. To celebrate the fabulous diversity of Latitude 2011, Out There magazine's fashion team will be scouring the crowds for potential models for a fun shoot. They are looking for confident, free-spirited individuals of all age ranges with their own strong sense of style.
On Sunday The Chronicle looks at the (post)modern festival and asks visitors to cast their minds back over the not-so-distant past for weekend reviews and stories. Informal talks will be taking place with The Paper House’s cohort of artists. See sandwich board daily for more details.
- THE WATERFRONT STAGE -
Floating on the surface of Latitude’s central lake is the stunning Waterfront Stage. A beautiful platform on which audiences can enjoy visual displays of delightful dance, one-off musical performances and incredible work by some of the countries most highly regarded choreographers, with Latitude’s luscious landscape providing the perfect backdrop.
An exciting and prestigious addition to Latitude last year, the fashion graduate shows were a great success with large crowds gathering to witness the models gliding down the catwalk which hovered above the central lake. 2011 builds on this success with graduate shows from Chelsea College of Art and Design and London College of Fashion and will see the cream of the next generation of designers flaunting their exquisite and innovative designs on the special catwalk. With a selection of 2011’s fashion graduates parading their wares, attendees will have a full display of the artistic and flourishing ambition of the future of the fashion industry in a unique and beautiful setting. Away from the city-fixated media, this will be a rare opportunity to fully appreciate the endeavours of our young talent and how they will dictate trends in the upcoming seasons.
The show will be styled by David Hawkins and produced by Deborah Britz who has been working on shows for designers, high street stores, colleges, and charities for the last 25 years and is delighted to be collaborating with Latitude again this year. The hair and make-up styling will be provided by the London Hair Academy for the Storm models taking part in the show.
This year’s Chelsea College of Art and Design fashion show graduates exhibiting at Latitude will be:
Inspired by the art of Japanese origami and modern architecture Pao-Pa-Nga Siddhigu has created a knitwear collection which is simple and neat, telling a cheerful summer story. The patterns on most of the garments are inspired by folding lines, diagonal shapes and forms of paper foldings. These were done completely on fine gauge industrial knitting machines, with techniques such as pleating, laminating, needle transferring, racking and laddering. The collection entitiled ‘Simplicity Colourful’ enhances youthful and freshness to the wearer, with a "forever young" attitude.
Rachel Louise Penn presents ‘Threatening Postures’ a colourful, eccentric collection of bespoke hand crocheted, mixed-media garments inspired by natures own natural defences, with their threatening postures and striking colours. The collection emphasises the fragility of the human body and how we can protect it using the craft as a form of second-skin. By experimenting with a contrast of soft and hard, yet fragile materials Rachel hopes to demonstrate this concept, resulting in a disjointed juxtaposition of structural forms.
Georgia Xanthe Dorey’s collection ‘Seasonal layers’ has been inspired by dressing to suit the seasons - spring, summer, autumn and winter. All garments can be layered up or worn alone depending on the time of year and the weather forecast, and consequently can see the wearer through a year. The processes used range from screen printing and dying, to airbrush, digital and silicone finishes.
Finchittida Finch is showing 'Un-deciphered descent of the Monozygotic' a quirky yet sophisticated womenswear collection, inspired by the contrast between Lao & British heritage. The intricate patterns evolved from Buddhist temples & Lao culture, whilst the rigid metal collars nod to British sensibility. The collection combines highly complex screen-printing & digital printing processes, alongside laser cutting & metal work. The fringing & sheer fabrics have a seductive sense of movement in contrast with the metal accessories. The use of mirror & symmetry reflect the artist’s identity as an identical (monozygotic) twin & the metal symbolizes the strength of the twin bond.
Holly Holmes’ collection ‘Repeaticities’ is a mixture of materials inspired by chair design in a contemporary, retro graphic style. The pieces combining pattern, colour, handmade and digital and creating a fun bold collection.
Rowenna Wilcox showcases 'Lilian' a bright and quirky collection focusing on colour and high quality fabrics, inspired by her Grandmothers sense of humour and love of block colour.
Alessandra Laxon Affonso Ferreira – ‘Macumba Chic’. Macumba is an Afro-Brazilian religious cult, very rich in colour, immersed in the tropical fauna and flora. Toucans, bananas, macaws and her native land, Brazil, inspired this collection. The bold and bright digital prints lift up the sharp pleated shapes. The heavy silk crepe and leather belts add bossa and flair to the tropical prints. ‘Macumba Chic’ collection is a shrine to Brazilian native culture.
Harriet Cullingford presents ‘Industrial Skyline’, a collection of graphic geometrics, mark-making and heavy fringing inspired by the industrial skyline of Teesside.
Peggy-sue Moseley uses the movement of water and the way life exists within it as inspiration for her collection ‘Captivating Transparency’ demonstrating how the natural world interacts with water. An example would be that jellyfish and water are two elements that don’t combine, but work around each other to form beautiful shapes. The artist has created a collection of garments that have a fluid quality to them, illustrating the sense of liquid whilst capturing the vibrant colours.
Carey Ellis shows ‘Trillusion’, a project that reflects the concept of individuality, and whether it is still valued in society today. Many purposely dress to conform and belong to a particular group, therefore appearing to merge and disappear into their surroundings. Taking the idea of blending and merging and of things disappearing and reappearing, she has created a multifaceted fashion collection, using the concept of 3D illusions. Wearers are able to adapt their appearance depending on what colour light environment they are in, where each garment enables three looks in one.
Anjali D'Souza presents ‘Nomadic Voyage’, an exploration of Nomadic travellers inspired by the relationship that Berber tribes have with vast lands. Bringing together an eclectic menswear collection, with a mix of digital print and screen-printed textures, expressing notions of travel and durability.
Louise Player’s ‘Birds of Paradise’ is a glittering collection of cutting edge knitwear inspired by the Ballet Russes and eastern fairytales. Intense, hypnotic colour and enchanting textures combine to suggest a daydream world of exotic fantasy, feathered with ideas from the timeless textural world of nature and given flight by the fantastical imaginative dazzle of 1920’s Paris.
Imogen Houldsworth's fashion collection 'Private View' took aesthetical inspiration from the subtle and suggestive photography of William Eggleston and Harri Peccinotti which is taken with the abstract eye, in combination with a textural obsession of paint. Traditional silk-screen and direct digital print was used to produce fabric that has visual three-dimensional surface qualities of the patterns made by peeling, cracking, and sprayed emulsion.
This year’s London College of Fashion show students exhibiting at Latitude will be:
Maria Lunneskog’s concept comes from the idea that life is full of contrasts, we go through good times as well as bad. Playing with colour, material, shape and silhouette as contrasts; the resulting pieces are wearable, comfortable, simple and with an attention to detail, where prints are a centre of focus. Each piece makes the wearer feel good; no matter what their mood.
May Ling Le’s collection is based on my personal diary that I have kept for many years, as life goes by so quickly I try to capture the emotions felt from the day, to store away in my memory. Focusing on childhood memories of teeth extraction this is incorporated into prints that create a sense of movement and continuation.
David Ross will show his collection entitled ‘Fragment’ which expresses the notion of fragmentation of the self. The collection is inspired by research into contemporary artists, unusual & reclaimed fabrics and creative cutting. It aims to be playful and wearable. Fragmentation is explored through print & the process that went into making the collection.
Rosalind Keep showcases her collection ‘The Secret Life’ inspired by the idea that inanimate objects, and particularly items of clothing, have a secret story to tell and the ability to exert a real hold over us. Ideas of sentimentality, longevity and value are explored through digital prints of treasured objects and emotive symbols, and there is an eclectic, 'mismatched' feel to the pieces to enhance the feeling of dressing in 'old favourites'. These are clothes that are designed to be loved and kept for the long term and are connected to a desire to explore and consume fashion in a more sustainable way.
Cahide Bodur’s collection contains feminine, softer lines. Textiles and embellishments are inspired by Victorian dress. The key shape is inspired by Louise Bourgoise's sculpture "Arch of Hysteria", the collection underlines issues commonly associated with women's rights; mainly bodily integrity.
- COMEDY ARENA -
Over the past five years, Latitude’s Comedy Arena has become a comedy festival in its own right. Bursting at the seams with the best comic talent in the land, crowds gather all weekend to witness a variety of hilarious turns from an unrivalled line-up. Whether they be famous names from the comedy circuit or the latest in cutting-edge humour on the brink of stardom, Latitude’s comedy fest has it all.
The renowned and highly sought after Latitude New Act Of The Year Award will once again be a feature on the comedy line-up. Five comics will battle it out in front of a panel of prestigious judges and the Latitude audience to win the £500 prize fund and the accolade of Latitude’s New Comedy Act of the Year 2011. A runner-up is also chosen and will be awarded £250.
The five nominees for this year’s award are: Portsmouth newcomer Suzi Ruffell with her warm stage persona and captivating storytelling; Angela Barnes whose fresh style of sharp delivery and self-deprecation has already earned her the Radio 2 New Comedy Award; young hopeful Matt Richardson is a young starter who has regularly proved that he can play with the big boys. Within 12 months of starting stand-up he had been in the final of the So You Think You're Funny and Chortle Student Comedy Award. He is the current holder of the Newbury Comedy Festival's New Act of the Year Award, The Bath Festival's New Act of the Year award and the Oxfringe's New Act of the Year Award. All while still just 19. Latitude also welcomes the old school comedy of Jimmy Bird who cuts straight to the gags; and the weird and wonderful character comic Patrick Cahill completes the line-up.
Who will win the prestigious prize and follow in the footsteps of past winners Eric Lambert (2010) and Paul McCaffery (2009) and runner-ups Ivo Graham (2010 and Joe Lycett (2009).
- CABARET ARENA -
A veritable feast of vaudeville fun and mischief, Latitude’s Cabaret Arena is a carnival of top comedy and theatre. With a heady mix of sketch shows, freak, burlesque and drag acts alongside puppetry, illusionists and hearty sing-alongs, the Cabaret Arena encourages you to ditch your woes at the door and be seduced by the frivolities inside for a not-so-innocent ol’fashioned knees up.
‘Britain’s greatest anti-comedian’ (Guardian) offers an hour of moderately amusing comedy in order to gain some television exposure (touch wood). Edward Aczel reveals amongst other things his backstage demands, his comedy do’s and don’ts and his penchant for ad-libbing. Aczel is planning on improvising a bit (with varying levels of success). ‘Aczel turns unprofessionalism into an artform’ (Times). This is an exclusive performance of this show ahead of the Edinburgh Festival in August and a national tour this Autumn.
Come and absorb the atmosphere of Kerry Bradley’s 1960’s experience of an East End Pub which she has created especially for the National Theatre Scotland performance of ‘The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart’ at Latitude. Relax in the traditional ambience which will take you back in time while enjoying traditional pub games including; Skittles, Dominoes, a Dartboard, and a Jukebox, as well as live music by the Razzels. Born in Oldfield, Kerry Bradley is a well established Theatre Designer and Production buyer for television and film.
- LITERARY ARENA -
Latitude celebrates the written word in all its glorious facets with its very own renowned library of literary excellence. Bringing together today’s most illustrious wordsmiths; the Literary Arena is a hub of storytelling, book discussions, lively debates and in-depth interviews. Top authors and special guests bring books to life and take audiences on fun-filled journeys to the far reaches of their imaginations.
Guardian journalist Owen Jones brings his newly released and fascinating debut book 'Chavs: Demonization of the Working Class' to Latitude's library by the sea. Based on a wealth of original research and wide-ranging interviews with media figures, political opinion-formers and workers, ‘Chavs’ is a damning indictment of the media and political establishment, and an illuminating, disturbing portrait of inequality and class hatred in modern Britain. In this groundbreaking investigation, Jones explores how the working class has gone from salt of the earth to scum of the earth - exposing the ignorance and prejudice at the heart of the chav caricature. Angry and stirring – it highlights vast social inequality and injustice.
Joe Dunthorne was born and brought up in Swansea. His debut novel, ‘Submarine’, is published by Hamish Hamilton/Penguin. It has been translated in to 10 languages and made in to an acclaimed film, directed by Richard Ayoade. His second novel, ‘Wild Abandon’, will be published this August. He is a striker for the England Writers' Football Team. Now 29, he lives in London. At the festival, he will be reading from his new novel, ‘Wild Abandon’, which is set in a commune in Wales. The book looks at a family, and a community, falling apart, and the father, Don, who is convinced that the only way to save the world he’s created is . . . to throw the biggest party of his life.
Helvetica, Cooper Black, Calibri, Baskerville – what can they possibly all mean? Why do we need 100,000 different fonts in our lives? Why did Vampire Weekend opt for Futura, and why does Paul McCartney claim that he drew that big T in the Beatles logo? Simon Garfield’s ‘Just My Type: A Book About Fonts’ was a Christmas bestseller, and at Latitude he’ll be examining the history and meaning of typefaces - from the London Underground to Obama’s Whitehouse with a slight diversion for recreational dog lover Eric Gill and the extraordinary Comic Sans, the most loved and loathed font in the world. Simon Garfield is the author of 13 books of non-fiction, including ‘The Wrestling’, ‘The Nation’s Favourite’ and ‘Mauve’.
- PANDORA’S PLAYGROUND -
A fantasyland of innocent pleasures and unbridled fun lies deep within the festival’s magical woods. A quirky corner of the Latitude site, here, anything goes. Side shows, games, interactive art, dance troupes, workshops and cutting edge theatre will keep you entertained all weekend long. Release your inner child and come play around at Latitude’s Pandora’s Playground.
Look Right Look Left craft documentary-theatre and specialise in productions that examine how people are affected every day by big national and international events. "It's your story; you decide." Six booths with six stories all about YOU. Apparently you once said ‘yes’ to these people and here they are, waiting for you at Pandora’s Playground. This one-on-one interactive experience unfolds with you at the heart of it. Compelling and thrilling, part theatrical experience, part real life - say yes and let your journey play out. From a five star awarded, Fringe First winning company Look Left Look Right and written by Writers Guild nominees Morgan Lloyd Malcolm and Katie Lyons, catch ‘You Once Said Yes’ at Latitude before it transfers to the Edinburgh Festival.
Descending on Latitude from the outer reaches of the universe; the Sonic Manipulator – a.k.a Australia’s Claude Woodward – brings his mesmerising and mind-blowing musical inventions to Pandora’s Playground. Making infectious electronic music out of his musical creations that range from warped radios to instruments derived from turntable scratches and Theremins – he is a star from the stars - an inventor and sonic creator sent from space. Totally unique and thoroughly entertaining.
Performer, director and teacher Flick Ferdinando has been trained in theatre, ballet and contemporary dance since being able to stand on two feet. She made a name for herself as Artistic Director for 'The Circus Space', developing their theatre and movement programme, and for her own female acrobatic company, 'Mimbre'. She has created her own solo and ensemble shows internationally and to rapturous audiences. For Latitude the award-winning Flick seamlessly moves from hilarity to tragedy unleashing a stable of characters in the deliciously dark physical comedy, ‘Horses’. See how far one woman’s passion for all things equine can go in a show where the horse obsessed becomes the horse possessed.
- POETRY ARENA -
Satirical slams, poetic prose and comic verse are all celebrated at Latitude’s famous Poetry Arena. Found on the bank of the lake and larger than ever, a welcoming blanket of bean bags and cushions makes this an inviting place to while away the day; entertained by a wealth of leading poets (including past and present poet laureates) spoken word artists, comics, rappers and raconteurs alike.
James Bunting is fresh onto the performance poetry scene and in the last year has already won wide acclaim for his thought provoking and evocative story telling poetry. He has written poetry from a young age and, aside from a brief sojourn into songwriting, his poetry has gone from strength to strength as it strode confidently and powerfully from the page to the stage. With a powerful voice and stage presence, James delivers heart-felt stories and poignant musings that will stick with you and touch you long after the lights go down.'
- THEATRE ARENA -
With the nation’s leading theatre companies all bringing exciting productions to the festival each year, Latitude’s Theatre Arena has developed into a top performing arts festival. Renowned for its breadth and quality of programming Latitude has brought contemporary, physical, musical and classical theatre to brand new audiences, showcasing the very best productions as well as bespoke work made especially for Latitude.
There will be a lot of theatre happening at this year’s festival and theatre can be dangerous (choking on sweets, for instance). It can be boring, how should one react? How loudly should one talk on one’s mobile? Is it ok to touch the actors?... and to top it all off, its not even real… which is confusing. Don’t worry. Spanner are here to help with ‘How to Survive Theatre’, a short health and safety presentation, which will answer your queries. Spanner are portable performance workmen from Birmingham, you can trust us, with your help we’ll get it mended.
- TICKET INFORMATION -
Weekend tickets £170.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Day tickets Fri, Sat, Sun £70.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee
Child ticket (5-12 years) £5.00 including VAT, subject to booking fee
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Day tickets include car parking only
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