Festival of Arts, Crafts and Culture
Celebrating the life of Rabindranath Tagore. 1st – 7th May 2010, Dartington Hall, Devon
2011 is the UNESCO-designated year of Rabindranath Tagore, the Nobel Prize-winning author and artist. Tagore was a prolific poet, writer, educationalist, reformist,
painter and philosopher, whose vision and principles inspired the foundation of The Dartington Hall Trust and its work in the arts, social justice and sustainability.
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Tagore's birth Resurgence and The Dartington Hall Trust have programmed 12 months of activity from January to December 2011. At the heart of this year of celebrations is Gitanjali, a week-long people's festival of arts, crafts and culture, exploring how Tagore’s vision resonates with our lives and times today.
During the week, a series of talks, debates, lectures, performances, demonstrations, discussions and film screenings will take place as leading politicians, policy makers, artists, activists, poets, musicians, dancers and academics present their work and ideas.
Confirmed speakers and performers include:
Muhammad Anisur Rahman
Mimlu and Paban Bauls
Peter Randall Page
PHILOSOPHERS AND ACTIVISTS
Lord Bhikhu Parekh
Caroline Lucas MP
Ben Bradshaw MP
Lord Meghnad Desai
Inspired by Rabindranath Tagore’s philosophies, our speakers will address the big issues of our time: environmental sustainability and our relationship with the natural world, the global financial crisis, and our relationships with each other.
Festival visitors will be able to participate in one-off sessions with their favourite speakers, watch evening performances by world-class artists, attend a full day of activities on a particular theme with a day pass or dip in and out of the entire week’s programme with a full week pass. Residential packages are also available for a fully immersive festival experience.
Gitanjali is part of Tagore 150, a year of celebrations in 2011 that includes performances and artist residencies, festivals, exhibitions, lectures, residential courses and more.
For more information on the programme and to book tickets or accommodation: www.dartington.org/tagore150 This event will help raise money for The Resurgence Trust, an educational charity (No.1120414) registered in England and Wales.