Finborough Theatre announce new digital arts festival ‘Poplarism!’

finborough-theatre-announce-new-digital-arts-festival ‘poplarism!’

Poplar Union and the Finborough Theatre are delighted to announce the artists commissioned to take part in the forthcoming Poplarism! a new digital arts festival celebrating the centenary of the 1921 Poplar Rates Rebellion.

Poplarism! is a unique collaboration between two very different venues in two very different parts of London – the recently opened arts and community space, Poplar Union, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, one of London’s most deprived boroughs, and the long-established Finborough Theatre, located in one of London’s wealthiest areas, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The two venues are now joining together in a spirit of cross-London partnership and reconciliation to celebrate this milestone in London’s history.

“Poplar will pay its share of London’s rates when Westminster, Kensington, and the City do the same.”

The festival will run on Saturday 1 and Sunday 2 May 2021. 5 pieces of work will be released each day of the festival and there will be a live-streamed Q&A with the artists whose work was shown that day from 7pm-8pm.

All the entries will then be available online for one year until 2 May 2022.

In response to an open call to resident artists in East London and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the following artists have been commissioned to take part in the festival:

Catastro/FILLE

Shkembe Soup

ShumGhostJohn

Emily Stone and Jodie Adams

Phoebe and Roger Wagner

Kim Waxham

Marianne Badrichani

I Sis Poet

Sam Tannenbaum

Eliot Vernon

This multi-media festival will comprise an eclectic collection of online experiences including – amongst others – music, a short play about inequality in London, an animated mural, a self-guided audio tour and accompanying zine, and much more.

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