December 18, 2019
Drawing inspiration from “defiance in small acts, personal gestures and moments of self-determination.”
London’s Art Night, the capital’s largest free contemporary arts festival, is celebrating its fifth edition in June 2020 with new commissions, events and premieres at venues including 180 The Strand and Somerset House.
Titled Nothing Compares 2 U, the programme, which is yet to be announced, takes inspiration from “defiance in small acts, personal gestures and moments of self-determination.”
Stormzy’s performance at 2019’s Glastonbury Festival, Anna Burns’ Booker Prize winning The Milkman and anti-Brexit graffiti artist the ‘Wakefield Grandmother’ are cited as influences on the programme.
Nothing Compares 2 U will also draw on anti-racist, trans and non-binary activism, as well as the #Justice4Grenfell movement and Sinead O’Connor’s 2019 performance on Ireland’s The Late Late Show.
Art Night’s 2019 edition, which took place around Walthamstow and King’s Cross, featured a musical collaboration between Cory Arcangel and organist Hampus Lindwall, and Marina Abramović’s 2018 virtual reality piece, Rising.
In autumn 2019, The Store X, 180 The Strand hosted United Visual Artists’ Other Spaces exhibition, the multi-artist show Transformer: A Rebirth of Wonder, and Theaster Gates’ Black Image Corporation installation.
Art Night 2020 runs from 6pm on Saturday 20th June – Sunday 21st June.
Photo by: Michael Wilkin