As a creative in Manchester, it’s gone under my radar that Flare has been promoting fresh and exciting live art and emerging talent within the UK for the past few years but this year we will all be well aware of what this festival has to offer.
I am first greeted with a performance piece that resembled a still life, standing quite comfortably amongst the guests. A sign of things to come, this encouraged participation, curiosity and playfulness from us as spectators and I instantly warm to it. After talking to the very enthusiastic team of producers, my attention is diverted to a tongue-in-cheek film piece by Figs in Wigs, closely followed by a run down of what’s to come in July’s programme.
Director Neil Mackenzie is clearly in tune and very aware of the UK’s absence in the Europe’s live art scene, and forces the point home that we must celebrate what we have to offer, and nurture new talent in our homeland to be in direct play with what is going on around us.
The programme offers new work by Sleepwalk collective, Andy Smith and James Harewood as well as international work all featured on the new festival website launched last week.
I am now aware, standing up and very excited about this opportunity for fresh UK performance and theatre based artists to work in dialogue with Europe’s already buzzing live art scene. The work is raw, playful, immersive and encompassing. Manchester has been in need of a live art festival for some time, and we are now spoilt for choice in this thriving and intriguing programme. not to be missed, this summer festival will hopefully be here to stay.
Flare festival runs 13-18 july 2015.