LIBERTY UK is the new lease of life for ArtReach's Night of Festivals.
Liberty UK is a pop-up Festival exploring the themes of Freedom and Democracy. Previously known as Night of Festivals which has a 10-year history of popping up in towns and cities across the UK celebrating themes of freedom and democracy from around the world.
This year the Liberty UK programme is inspired by ideas of Freedom; Democracy; Solidarity and Unity; and International Women’s Day; and includes giant illuminated outdoor puppet show, film screening, schools printing project and a Hugo Farmer art exhibition.
Night of Festivals was a series of fabulous weekends filled with vibrant, provocative and entertaining outdoor arts, carnival, live music, creative arts and cultural events which “celebrated the values of freedom and democracy through great art”.
Night of Festivals ‘popped-up’ in Nottingham, Leicester, Barking, Slough, Boston (Lincs), Lincoln and London. In 2012 Night of Festivals was part of the London Festival and Cultural Olympiad to mark the London 2012 Olympics. It has been a regular annual feature to animate the centre of Hounslow and in 2016 and 2018 graced the South Bank in London, using the iconic sites adjacent to Tower Bridge and in Bernie Spain Gardens near the OXO Tower building and Southbank centre. In 2017 a special week-long Night of Festivals South Asia in Leicester city centre helped mark the 70th anniversary of Indian and Pakistan independence.
LIBERTY UK will bring a new approach to the values of celebrating 'Freedom and Democracy' for the new decade ahead.
In response to an overwhelming shift in public discourse surrounding the immediate and palpable fragility of social and political freedoms, LIBERTY UK seeks to take ArtReach and it’s work a step closer to front line of democratic action and build projects and programmes that look directly at some of today's most urgent, and sometimes uncomfortable, socio-political issues.
Two days of carnival celebrations, simple tools mental health arts workshops and the first Hounslow Heritage Comic was unveiled.
As part of the Creative Europe VOICES project,
this year’s London event brought together artists, theatre makers and street performers from across Europe.
Celebrating the spirit of South Asia to mark the 70th Anniversary of Pakistan and Indian Independence. Night of Festivals South Asia was a spectacular six day festival.
The FREEDOM project was a collaborative European programme delivered through Night of Festivals to celebrate the values of freedom and democracy through artistic innovation.