My life has been quite hectic as of late. After a flurry of festivals including SICK! Lab, Manchester Animation Festival and Ramsbottom, I joined the Contact team along with The Met where I was met with new challenges inside familiar settings. I’m starting the new year, unlike the last, with a full time job, and much more positive prospects in working in the arts. Which has been a long time coming. I’m going into the new year seeing as much as I can and making it as diverse and vibrant as I can.
Instead of making sad old resolutions, I’m just going to list what I’m excited for in the new year so when I look back in early 2018 I won’t be met with a list of things I never intended on completing…
I’m excited for Manipulate Festival. I very spontaneously booked myself an airbnb and train ticket up to Edinburgh for a few days in January to see new work devised for the festival, mainly focusing on puppetry and highly visual live art. If I can get in, I’d like to go see Eat Me – An image-based piece of theatre about a woman who uses the dark web to find someone to eat her. Their words not mine.
I’m excited for finally seeing Le Gataeu Chocolat’s Black (pictured). After missing him on his last tour, he’s back for Queer Contact and I made sure I got my ticket early in preparation for a sell out show. I’ve never really immersed myself into Queer Contact, so next year is the year I do that.
I’m excited for SICK! Festival. It’s in its second full festival year in Manchester, and I’m excited for every single show. If my body and energy levels permit, I’ll be seeing it all, especially Michael Essien I want to play as you… at Contact and Give Me your Love at The Lowry.
I’m excited for Viva! Festival at HOME. Even after seeing the incredible programme that’s put on every year, I’ve never been. After seeing review by Andrew Haydon for Republica and the buzz from Birdie, it would be silly to miss out. I’ll be buying tickets in the next pay check after Christmas… Other things in the HOME programme I can’t wait to see are Edinburgh buzz show Tank and Gecko’s The Wedding in the Autumn.
I’m excited about sweating less about the small stuff, understand to say no to work I know I can’t afford to take on. The difference between volunteering and working for free is a fine line, and I’m understanding more about what I’m happy to do in kind, and what my time should be worth.
I’m excited about exploring more of the UK. In recent years I’ve been getting out into the countryside, making space for the closer cities and towns near me, and it’s been nice to discover and understand my immediate surroundings much more. Next year it’ll be Scotland and Wales.
Anything I’m missing out on? Let me know below or on twitter @edwinamc