The 2017 Change of Art Festival was a variety-style show performed by a diverse range of groups and individuals from across the capital. We had multi award-winning comedian Bridget Christie performing comedy, alongside John Livingston Dance, an incredible dancer with Down’s Syndrome, a musician doing Bangladeshi folk, brand new theatre pieces and lots, lots more. Our compère for the evening was Sindhu Vee, a British New Comedy Award 2016 finalist.
The first annual Change of Art Festival was held on Saturday, 17th June at the Human Rights Action Centre performance space in Shoreditch, as part of Hope Not Hate’s Weekend of Action marking the anniversary of the murder of Jo Cox, MP.
The aim of the festival was to celebrate Jo Cox’s life through the performing arts and to bring people together from different communities who might not otherwise connect. Tickets were FREE for everyone.
Jo Cox’s legacy transcends politics and reaches into the heart of our communities; our aim for the festival was to bring people together from all over London, in a shared event, to honour Jo and to share our love for this multicultural city.
The Change of Art Festival was featured in HOPE not hate’s More In Common podcast. Listen at 0:56 for our organisers Susanna and Maria talking about the festival, underscored by music from the Scandinavian Singing Club and Dr. Sidrah Muntaha.