Guixot de 8 is a Spanish company that make street games. Using recycled materials, they make original games in their workshop in Barcelona. They pack the games into a van and go wherever they are invited. They then set up the games in the street and play with anyone who wants to try their hand.
I remember my first visit to Bell Square was to watch Carousel last year – it was close to sunset and there was a actually a circus carousel in the middle of the brick-paved square.
I witnessed a most unusual phenomenon which transformed the local environment, brought people together for something really impactful and turned a normal day into something extraordinary.
Across Europe, there are many festivals of outdoor arts. One of the biggest and most spectacular is Fira Tàrrega. Every September, this tiny Catalan town in Northern Spain plays host to an extraordinary array of outdoor theatre, dance and circus. With roots dating back to the 1930s, Fira Tàrrega attracts thousands of artists, audiences and programmers from across the world. The annual trip to Tàrrega feels like a pilgrimage to the spiritual home of outdoor arts.
Intro When Teatr Biuro Podróży premiered their new show, Silence, in 2016, I did wonder what to expect. It was described as a sequel to their earlier show, Carmen Funebre – or Funeral Song. Carmen Funebre was a show about the impact of war on civilians as the former Yugoslavia broke up in the 1990s. It was a mighty piece of theatre, uncompromising and searing in its impact. It is also known as one of the most legendary pieces of outdoor arts ever made. So, would this sequel live up to its predecessor’s reputation?
Last year we introduced the Bell Square Bloggers to help spread the word about Bell Square and this year we have extended the programme and will be working with two amazing London culture bloggers to keep a record of the brilliant events at Hounslow's favourite outdoor arts venue. We will be running our first Bell Square Bloggers in Residence this year to bring an outside perspective to you all and help you keep up to date with events you might have missed. Make sure you keep your diary up to date by visiting our What's On page so you don't miss any of the performances though.