Lucy from London Unattached came to Bell Square for the first time recently – here’s her first impressions of the space, performance and the crowd:
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.