Various locations, Nationwide, United Kingdom
Originating in Greenwich, on the Prime Meridian, on the shortest day of the year, and now in its 4th year, Solstice Shorts Festival is going nationwide.
The theme this year is Dusk, that time between day and night when everything changes.
On 21st December Dusk starts in the UK in the far NE (Shetland) at 16:53 and finishes in the far SW (Cornwall) at 18:21, taking between 40 and 50 minutes depending where you are.
We have twelve sites across the UK all reading/singing different material (chosen by us, read by actors/ sung by musicians) starting In Ellon, Aberdeenshire and ending In Redruth, Cornwall, taking in key spots in between. BSL Interpreted throughout.
Tickets: Generally by donation, suggested £3, but there are exceptions where this is part of a bigger event.
The performances will match the timing of (Astronomical) Dusk exactly, with a live stream on Facebook. Redruth won’t start reading until Aberdeen had almost finished and all the other performances will overlap, so that somewhere in the ether we are all reading/singing together, like a murmuration of starlings.
The stories and poems have been chosen, and the music is either traditional or original.
Our partners: Ellon (Aberdeenshire) (Intuitive Music Aberdeen), Inverness (Inverness Playwrights at Eden Court), Carlisle (Carlisle Patchwork Opera), Lancaster (North West Literary Salon), Angelsey (Cybi Poets), Rossendale (The Whitaker), Birmingham (Unbroken Cocoon), Nottingham (Nottingham Writers’ Studio), Greenwich (That would be us), Bristol (Bare Bones Collective), Warkleigh (near Barnstaple) (Courage Copse Creatives) Redruth (Kernow Education Arts Partnership)
Thank you to our FUNDERS: ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND, plus FEAST and CORNWALL COUNCIL FOR REDRUTH, NOTTINGHAM CITY COUNCIL for NOTTINGHAM, and KELSTON RECORDS for BRISTOL.
We would also like to acknowledge in-kind support from Better Libraries, Royal Borough of Greenwich, The Whittaker, and all of our organisers.
Holyhead, Anglesey 1730-1812
Eden Court, Bishops Road, Inverness, Highlands, IV3 5SA
Foxes Cafe Lounge, 18 Abbey Street, Carlisle, Cumbria, CA3 8TX
The Print Room at The Storey, Meeting House Lane, Lancaster, LA1 1TH
The Whitaker Museum & Arts Centre, Haslingden Road, Rossendale, Lancashire, BB4 6RE
Ucheldre Centre, Holyhead, Ynys Mon (Anglesey), LL65 1TE
The Goose, 561 Bristol Road, Birmingham, B29 6AF
Nottingham Writers Studio, 25 Hockley, Nottingham, NG1 1FH
West Greenwich Library, Greenwich High Road, London, SE10 8NN
The Old Barn, Kelston Roundhill, near Bath, BA1 9AF
Courage Copse Creatives, Warkleigh, Umberleigh, North Devon, EX37 9DD
KEAP, The Merlin Building, Cornwall College, Trevenson Road, Pool, Redruth, TR15 3RD