Wed 14 - Sun 18 Oct 2020

Splayed Festival 2020

An Eruption of Disruptive Queer Performances & Digital Arts

Dates: Wed 14 - Sun 18 Oct 2020

Curated by artist Amy Bell, Splayed Festival 2020 draws together a cluster of subversive artists energised by queerness as an approach to creativity. 

With moving bodies at its heart, the festival offers up a fistful of bold new work, buzzing with urgency, experimentation and defiance. Audiences are invited to delve into live and pre-recorded performances, films, video essays, discussions, audio works and choreographic provocations to experience online or in the flesh, live or when it suits you. 

Originally programmed for summer 2020, this new edition of Splayed Festival offers digital content as well as the two first live performances at The Place since lockdown. All the originally commissioned artists have adapted or created new work and found new working methods in what proves to be a festival of firsts.

A note from Amy Bell

"If queerness is about disrupting norms, then 2020 is already a pretty queer year. Now more than ever, what we thought we knew about bodies, gender, power, desire, violence, connection and performance is vibrating, being upended and reimagined. We hope Splayed creates space to upend expectations and celebrate the richness of throwing convention into question, setting new possibilities rubbing up against each other."

Have a flick through our interactive digital flyer:

  • 15 Oct 2020 to 13 Nov 2020
    Claire Cunningham - Quanimacy

    Claire Cunningham - Quanimacy

    [Binaural audio piece - ONLINE]

    A new spoken word audio work from Claire Cunningham.

  • 16 Oct 2020 to 14 Nov 2020
    Dancer (Mele Broomes) in a red top and trousers with West Coast of Scotland landscape behind

    Triple Bill of Digital Arts

    Feat. Mele Broomes | Malik Nashad Sharpe & Ellen Furey | Cade & MacAskill [ONLINE]

    An evening of digital choreographic explorations followed by a live discussion.

  • 18 Oct 2020 to 16 Nov 2020
    Still taken from film - THIS IS FOR US. Directed by Shanel Edwards

    Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest

    Splayed X Fringe! Our Bodies Can Fly + Q&A [LIVE ONLINE]

    A screening of short films that celebrate LGBTIQA+ stories + Q&A with the film directors.


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