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UnShut Festival Online, in the streets & by post

Experimental and radical performances move online.

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UnShut Festival of Performance returns this week from 2-4 July for experimental and radical performance work, hosting 12 performances over 3 days, including a worldwide street clean, a revolution by postcard, an intimate performance in Animal Crossing, and a session on how to build a theatre from scratch.

The festival aims to connect people from all walks of life, bringing them together through live art, and it's committed to creating a space that allows creativity to flourish.

'Ordinary' festivals are off the cards for the foreseeable future, so UnShut have used this opportunity to collaborate with artists to create work for the new context we're in and the new ways we're socialising, living and dreaming.

Highlights include Nude Me/Under The Skin, a tribute to the Black nurses of the NHS from the period of Windrush onwards by British-Ghanaian artist and curator Enam Gbewonyo, and Racheal Clerke's Routes Out, an artwork that will take place through the post.

The Plastica Gals will invite audiences to put the 'active' in 'activist', creating an audio journey that takes participants on a street clean, exploring plastic pollution, marine life and the importance of reducing single-use plastic.

"I am really excited about the programme because it gives audiences the liveness and interactivity that Theatre is all about, despite Covid-19," UnShut Festival Producer Alfie Heffer said.

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