Gather Around The Camp Fire With TENT!

PARTICIPANTS of Hope Street Ltd’s Emerging Artists Programme 2016 have set up camp in a city centre office block and invite you to come and join them around the camp fire to discuss important issues. Responding to current crises around immigration and homelessness, the project, entitled TENT! is a multimedia interactive artwork.  It will be part of Festival 31, a month-long festival celebrating arts and culture from refugee communities which runs between 20 June and 20 July. Part installation, part performance and part discussion, this immersive experience lasts four hours during which time the audience can drop in at any time, creating some individual and intimate experiences, as well as group conversations “around the camp fire”, in this unusual tent city pitched within an office block. TENT! Is the Emerging Artist’s first project – a challenge in itself – as this will be their first performance in front of an audience as a group, after just two weeks together and with only three days to develop their own production. This project was originally created for Light Night by three former EAP artists who met on the programme in 2014. The artists, director Roisin Fletcher, designer Laura Lomax, and musical director Luke Thomas will task the new company to create their interpretation of Tent! Developing new installations and performances. Liverpool Asylum Seekers and Refugees Association (LARA) will be joining EAP artists again for ‘conversations around the camp fire’. Delivered by Hope Street Limited, the Emerging Artists Programme is now established and well respected within the industry. It’s a great opportunity for people to develop and grow their skills and experience across a number of creative platforms and to kick-start a professional career in the arts. Hope Street Limited is a registered charity which has been supporting emerging artists in Liverpool for 27 years. It is a National Portfolio Organisation of Arts Council England, and is funded by Liverpool City Council through the Culture Liverpool Investment Programme. This year’s successful intake of creatives has a wealth of talent and experience and consists of a director, movement director, musical director/composer, two designers/makers, 12 performers, producer, stage manager and a production manager. The full-time intensive programme gives participants the opportunity to create their own work alongside professional artists of international calibre; as well as networking and meeting key personnel in other major creative organisations in Liverpool. Other key projects for EAP2016 include The Many Faces Of Francis Bacon – a masked invasion of Tate Liverpool’s hidden spaces; The Last Utopian – an immersive theatrical game in Liverpool city centre set in a dystopian sci-fi world; and The extraordinary journey of the Fakir who got trapped in an Ikea wardrobe, a devised play at the Everyman Studio inspired by the best seller of the same title. TENT! will be a free durational performance with audiences invited to drop in at any time between 5:30-9:30pm on Thursday 23rd June at Hope Street Ltd’s premises at 76-78 Lord Street, Liverpool L2 1TL. For more information visit www.hope-street.org  Facebook:  /hopestreetltd  Twitter:  @hopestltd