Dash Squat - A European Counter-Cultural Takeover @ Victoria and Albert Museum, South Kensington [23 April]

Dash Squat - A European Counter-Cultural Takeover

12:30 - 17:30

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Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2RL South Kensington
Dash Arts occupies the Victoria and Albert Museum with an electrifying performance space where live music from the wonderful British Portuguese singer songwriter Nessi Gomes, impromptu theatre, art-happenings and fevered political discussion awaits you alongside a warm welcome and endless drinks and snacks.

Following great success at Latitude and Wandsworth Festivals and Rich Mix, Dash Arts introduces a new version of their unique multi-art form performance space in V&As Seminar Room 3. Part installation, part immersive experience, part debating chamber and part performance venue, the Dash Squat invites you into a provocative and compelling, quintessentially European environment.

On the day of the first round of Presidential Elections in France, the Dash Squat will house an invigorating and entertaining search for the heart of Europe. What is it? Who wants it? Who doesn't? And why...?

In a fully designed interior that could be Berlin, Amsterdam, or
Barcelona guests will be welcomed by our pan European commune of squatter hosts. With a mug of tea, coffee or something stronger in hand you can relax and browse through our books and magazines; watch relevant dvds; or join in the endless discussion about Europe and the UK's relationship to it.

Most of the afternoon will be taken up with impromptu performance events for you to enjoy and participate in, arranged by the squatters and featuring their remarkable artistic and intellectual friends. The highlights will be:

13:00: Portuguese British-born singer- songwriter Nessi Gomes will play live in our squat. Nessi channels influences from both sides of her ethnicity through her beautiful voice, blending the essence of the traditional, emotional and 'larger than life' Fado folk music with British progressive inspiration.

14:00: An improvised performance of one of Europe's best contemporary plays, The Things You Take With You, by Andreas Flourakis, translated by Alexi Kaye Campbell, commissioned as part of the The Royal Court Theatre / LIFT “On the Move Project.

16:00: A vigorous discussion featuring some of our best thinkers and artistic minds that will attempt to grasp the big picture: how did Europe get from 1918 to Brexit? What is the story of our coming together and breaking apart?

Being a Squat, it is all of course free. Simply show up with your
engagement, ideas and curiosity. More details announced soon…

Join us as we search for the Heart of Europe
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