UK’s first ever International Mask Festival revealed in the West Midlands


UK’s first ever International Mask Festival revealed in the West Midlands

The UK’s first ever International Mask Festival will take place at the Glasshouse Arts Centre and Town Hall in Stourbridge from October 19-27, 2007.

The festival will play host to over fifteen companies offering the very best in theatrical mask performance from across the globe, led by Footsbarn Theatre’s magical adaptation of the Shakespeare favourite A Midsummer Nights Dream performed in their breathtaking Big Top Theatre Tent.

The festival has a truly international and ethnically diverse flavour, with highlights including a rare performance from Africa’s Osun Arts, with powerful drumming rhythms and festive dancing from Yoruba, all in traditional African costume. Each mask represents ancestors who cleanse and purify communities from unwanted spirits and bring peace. Osun Arts allow the public to interact with ancient African art forms, encouraging understanding of Britain as a vibrant multicultural society. Other international highlights include a one-man performance from mask master Mas Soegeng, who mixes Javanese folklore with Hindu epics and Balinese mask theatre.

The festival will also host the Face to Face Exhibition featuring over 200 rare masks from around the world as well as a broad range of mask making and using workshops run by some of the world leading mask makers and practitioners. The festival is programmed to take place over the half term break so there is a load to do for all the family with many early performances, workshops and activities specifically aimed at a younger audience.

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