Why Risk Gathering? Image by Liz Ham.
Live Futures: Why Risk Gathering? Image by Liz Ham.

Dates & Session Times

Friday 23 Oct - 1:00pm


Wesley Enoch

LIVE FUTURES will take shape as a series of public conversations and special events that explore the role of art and artists in defining the new civic life we are entering in this year of disruption and change. The LIVE FUTURES platform celebrates the insight of artists, as thought leaders and critical players in the new social, cultural and economic paradigms that are being built or renewed in the wake of the pandemic, the protests, the social upheaval and transformation we are experiencing. 

What kind of world are we moving into? What kind of world do we want to create? And what is the role of art in getting us there? The LIVE FUTURES conversations will complement the voices of artists with those of academics, health professionals, and experts from other disciplines in order to dive deeply into the possibilities of our future world.

Moderator: Wesley Enoch
Aunty Beryl Van-Oploo, Ayebatonye Abrakasa, Chloë Dallimore, Jonny Hawkins

Gatherings have become the contested agent of the COVID pandemic, a site of uncertainty and panic around safety and agency.

The pandemic crisis, and the BLM protests, have emphasised how gatherings of people have a key function in shaping our sense of social, political, cultural and health norms. At a personal level, what does it mean to not be able to gather together to share food? To dance? To touch and make physical contact with each other?
What kinds of new social and political structures are being imagined by artists and the gatherings they create? What new possibilities are opening up and how do artists help us to imagine alternative futures? What risks are we taking by gathering? What risks are we taking by not gathering?

Duration 2 hours

This session is available to stream at LIVE ON-THE-LINE! Book your place here. 

COVID-19; Keeping Everybody Safe
We are implementing comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures in line with current government directives, in order to create a safe and enjoyable festival experience for everyone. Please make sure you read our COVID-19 Safety steps before you join us at Carriageworks.

Respect Your Reservation
With minimum capacities in venues this year, we ask that you Respect Your Reservation and the amazing artists and creatives performing, regardless of cost. If you’re feeling unwell or can no longer join us, please let us know by 10am the day of the show so we can offer your seat to someone else. Please see our returns and exchanges policy for more details.

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