A dazzling programme of theatre, dance, art and music will take over the streets and iconic buildings of Kensington and Chelsea this summer with the return of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s InTRANSIT Festival (from Friday 19 to Sunday 28 June). Curated and produced by O’Neill/Ross, the festival reflects the rise of site-responsive art in the UK emerging over the past nine years as an innovative platform for experimentation and new collaborations in art and performance.
This year’s highlights include MOBO and BAFTA award-winning hip-hop artist, ‘Akala’ performing the first ever site-specific adaptation of his graphic novel The Ruins of Empires in the intimate surroundings of The Dissenters Chapel, Kensal Green Cemetery; the legendary birdmen of Mexico soaring through the air suspended on ropes from a 20-metre pole erected in Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance; an urban beach under the Westway Flyover to mark the 50th anniversary of the National Trust Neptune Coastline Campaign and a Pop-Up Art School in Powis Square, where visitors can collaborate with artists and architects as a part of the London Festival of Architecture.
InTRANSIT Festival celebrates space and challenges the role of audiences by putting local residents at the heart of art commissioning. Using the rich array of public spaces, architectural treasures and world-class arts organisations based within the borough, this ten-day festival presents over twenty different productions and installations that are guaranteed to excite, challenge and surprise.
After the success of the InTRANSIT Festival 2014, production and design team O’Neill/Ross return to curate this year’s festival. They have handpicked all the artists involved and have worked with them to realise their productions that explore themes of paradise on earth and utopias and realities.