Welcome to two new seasons at Warwick Arts Centre. We’ve taken the radical step of combining our Spring and Summer brochures!
Last year, we joined the Future Arts Centres movement, a network of Arts Centres in England championing our artistic and social contribution to the cultural and civic life of communities. And this season we bring this commitment to the fore in a number of inspiring ways. In June, we bring you We Found Love in the 80s, our Future Arts Centres National Lottery 25th Anniversary project; a new commission by Dawinder Bansal celebrating love.
Continuing the artistic and social theme is Humans at Work, a new play about Coventry’s industrial past. Both We Found Love in the 80s and Humans at Work include real-life accounts from local residents and are a celebration of Coventry. On the subject of love, we are really pleased to welcome Birmingham Royal Ballet performing with us for the very first time, in what we hope is the start of a long relationship with the Company and its new Director, Carlos Acosta CBE.
I’m really excited to be starting new relationships with a diverse range of artists and collectives, including Tiata Fahodzi (Seeds), Darbar Arts (The Miseducation of Luna Khan) and Dash Café who have curated two fascinating conversations: George Eliot’s Radicals and Art versus Art-ivism.
Our activist/climate emergency theme continues with the UK Premiere of Pleasant Island, the story of Nauru – a small island now known for being Australia’s “processing” centre for people seeking asylum – once the richest place on earth. Much of the work presented holds a serious mirror up to contemporary society, from Trojan Horse to The War of the Worlds. Wesele/Wedding encourages us to play a role in examining our values and stereotypes, and to have a bit of fun whilst doing so.
We have another outstanding classical music series including City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, who visit us as part of their 100th Anniversary celebrations, and another first – we are delighted to welcome Chineke! Europe’s first professional majority black and minority ethnic orchestra makes its debut performance in the Butterworth Hall, featuring violinist Tai Murray, a former BBC New Generation Artist. Former Chineke! players include Sheku Kanneh-Mason MBE, who made his BBC Proms debut as a soloist with The Chineke! Orchestra. And finally, we welcome back Black Voices, the globally celebrated a cappella collective who bring us their celebration of the great Aretha Franklin.
To complement the firsts, we have welcome return visits from Limina Immersive, Stan’s Cafe, Motionhouse and many more. Don’t forget to visit The Good and The Bad, two vast cortex steel dinosaurs created by Jake and Dinos Chapman – the dinosaurs will be with us until September.
We’re in the final year of the building works. We know that the works and the changes to parking have caused much inconvenience but we know it will be worth it. The new cinema and gallery are beginning to take shape and you can see them rising above the hoarding – look up the next time you visit!
We look forward to welcoming you throughout this year and thank you for your patience.