BREATHE was a three-week festival in 2016 celebrating air, that precious element which we all share, and which connects us to the earth. It took place within an ancient, sacred building, in which people have come together to sing and celebrate for 1,000 years..
The festival centred around VOX: a multi-sensory wind harp installation by Output Arts. The main programme featured performances and original commissions and collaborations from artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers responding to the themes of breath, wind and air, and to the sound of the harp. Contributors included Bishi, Karine Polwart, Candoco Dance Company and Sam Lee.
Around this we ran a community art project, involving schools, cultural centres and diverse faith groups in the planting of TILT: a mass of paper windmills in the churchyard.
There was also an opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, to join in an exciting community singing project, KITE led by internationally renowned interdisciplinary artist Ansuman Biswas.
The sound & light installation VOX was open regularly to the public, including some evenings with a pop-up bar, as well as for BREATHING SPACE: an opportunity to experience the wind harp in silence, with occasional guidance from diverse meditation practitioners.