Art 50 Weekender

Lyrix Organix: Laurie Ogden, Chloe Florence + guests

Presented by Lyrix Organix, Sage Gateshead and Art 50

The Barbour Room

Recommended for ages 14+ (some strong language and adult themes)

This event is part of Art 50 Weekender, a free festival showcasing some of the 50 artistic projects commissioned by Sky Arts, exploring what it means to be British today.

See the premiere of Chloe Florence & Laurie Ogden’s poetic conversation set to music. Supported by Durham Poetry Slam Society, Chloe and Laurie perform some of their own work before showcasing the new commission especially created for Art 50.

Spoken Word Poet, Writer & Performer Chloe Florence uses her work to give a voice to the voiceless in society. Her poetry is described as ‘bold, raw, authentic, honest & unapologetically angry’. She started writing when her mental health & living situation deteriorated and has since performed her words across various platforms & stages, drawing upon her own personal life experiences in her work. She’s a founding member of SHUTDOWN Collective, Roundhouse Resident Artist & Poetry Collective alongside being a Roundhouse Poetry Slam Finalist 2018, Longlisted for the Outspoken Poetry Prize & Vault Festival New Writers Award Winner.

Laurie Ogden is a writer and performer from Merseyside. She is a Barbican Young Poet and was the recipient of the Outspoken Performance Poetry Prize (2016). She was selected as a Jerwood/Arvon Playwriting mentee (2017-18) and has written several plays including TWIX ‘A new writing triumph’ (A Younger theatre) and Colder Water. Laurie is currently active with ‘Victoria’s Knickers’ and ‘Consensual’ at the Soho Theatre, as a part of the 2018 National Youth Theatre REP company.

Lyrix Organix is the UK’s leading promoter of innovative, collaborative and charitable live music/poetry events. Defiantly independent curators of music and poetry. Restlessly experimenting with live performance. Their stages have seen fabled performances by Akala, Kate Tempest, Ed Sheeran and the cream of the British spoken word scene. Hosts of a major late night stage at Glastonbury Festival – ‘Rum Shack’.

Lyrix Organix are joined by members of Durham University’s award winning slam team. See poets Kym Deyn, Prerana Kumar and Fahad Al-Amoudi present short sets inspired by the themes of Art50 Weekender.

As this is a free event please ensure you arrive at least 15 minutes before the start time to avoid disappointment. Any seats not allocated 10 minutes before the start of the event will be offered to a standby queue.

Storyvault Films Limited is recording at this venue for a programme provisionally entitled “Art 50: This is Britain” for Sky Arts and it is possible you may appear in shot. By attending this event you consent to filming and sound recording which may include you and its use in commercial distribution without payment or copyright.

Duration: 60 minutes

Part of Art 50 Weekender

Presented by Sage Gateshead, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Sky Arts & Storyvault Films Art 50 – a debate about our national identity. In March 2017 Article 50 was invoked. Sky Arts invited 50 artists to respond to the question of what it means to be British today. From this...

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