Battle Festival works with a number of leading organisations to ensure that we deliver top quality and diverse range of events.
In 2017 we continued our partnerships with:
Applause Rural Touring, whose support has enabled us to bring the extraordinary Indigenous People and Just Us Dance Theatre to town. Applause works with companies and artists to help tour and develop their work and to introduce them to rural audiences in a relaxed and shared space.
Following on from our collaboration in 2016, the Rural Touring Dance Initiative supported the delivery of a dance residency at Claverham Community College, Battle & Langton and Netherfield primary schools with the fabulous Joseph Toonga and Just Us Dance Theatre. The RTDI is 3-year initiative for making and touring dance performances to and for rural areas.
Glyndebourne's education department continues to support the Festival's singing programme through the provision of workshops. For 2017 the focus is on young people and their families, collaborating together to create new work, alongside composer and musician Fraser Trainer. Glyndebourne’s award winning education programme reaches hundred of young people in Brighton and Sussex every year through Glyndebourne Youth Opera (GYO), which includes outreach workshops, talent development work and world class performance projects. In 2017 they are celebrating the 20th anniversary of GYO.
Mrs Yarringtons Music Club again provided three top notch musical performances featuring world reknowned artists from a range of musical genres.
New for 2017
2017 saw a new partnership with the blackShed Gallery who delivered a number of exhibitions and events including the Festival's artist in residence, Martin Brockman. The blackShed Gallery is a contemporary art space in the heart of the East Sussex countryside Overlooking the hop fields of Robertsbridge, the gallery sits amongst converted farm buildings. The gallery has its moments of intrigue with an openness to new ideas created through the delivery of a diverse programme from a wide range of artists. The gallery always seeks to work with artists, but more recently owner Kenton Lowe has been looking to develop links with local organisations.
It's an immense privilege to work with the Battle Festival this year. Following the success of recent projects that underline the value of the blackShed’s approach as a collaborative partner, its offering to the Festival provides an exciting extension to the blackShed’s ongoing programme of innovative projects and collaborations. Kenton Lowe, blackShed Gallery