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13 September 2012
Merge, the annual arts, music and performance festival celebrating the contemporary culture and rich heritage of Bankside, returns to London’s dynamic cultural and business district.
For one month this Autumn, the river walkway near Tate Modern, an air raid shelter, a tiny Welsh chapel, an historic building at Borough Market, Bankside Mix, as well as Bankside’s open spaces and workplaces will come alive when major names from the UK and international art world stage installations and musical performances alongside emerging artistic talent.
Key highlights include:
Artists Fiona Banner, Heather and Ivan Morison, Jimmy Cauty, formerly of ambient house pioneers, The KLF, SheOne and Andy Harper celebrate the continuing regeneration of Bankside by converting hoardings and walls into public works of art. The Fiona Banner and Jimmy Cauty pieces will also link to other works they are doing for Merge.
Fiona Banner in association with Viv Albertine, Steve Beresford, and a male voice choir, presents a new musical re-arrangement of the hit pop song, Snoopy v The Red Baron, sung in a tiny Welsh chapel, as part of an evening of live musical collaborations and performances.
This is also the subject of the Fiona Banner hoarding artwork Jimmy Cauty’s new short film was shot at locations in Bankside and New York, and features a mystery international pop culture icon whose identity will be announced closer to screening dates.
Patrick Tresset’s internationally-acclaimed artist robots will sketch volunteer sitters in a site-specific artist’s studio, with the portraits going on to form a developing exhibition throughout the show
The air-raid shelter, left largely intact since WW2 beneath the listed Hopton Gardens’ almshouses behind Tate
Modern, will host a Merge-commissioned immersive work by young theatre collective, Meet Alice.
NME: The Bankside-based music bible celebrates its sixtieth year with Behind NME Lines, a photography exhibition of its most iconic and controversial covers.
The outdoor Riverside Stage on the walkway by Millennium Bridge will host live bands in a series of gigs showcasing original song writing and musical talent every weekend throughout the festival
19 September - 21 October 2012.
Full Listings: www.mergefestival.co.uk
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