It takes its name from Elvis Costello’s anti-war song and responds to COVID-19, Brexit and Black Lives Matter – current goings-on that have been likened to war. The wider programme seeks to explore what it is to be British and diverse in these challenging times.
This festival is the final presentation in a yearlong programme that has looked at what it means to be British in the 21st Century. The festival features contemporary dance from Alleyne Dance, DICK – One Man in 1000, poet Abstract Benna and Black Sheep by Livia Kojo Alour (formerly MisSa Blue).
Without Walls, a consortium of UK festivals specializing in outdoor art and performance. Outdoor work has never been more important as the entire arts industry seeks to rebuild confidence in audiences longing to attend events. Certain Blacks are the latest partner to join the Without Walls network of festivals who are more committed than ever to bring fantastic outdoor arts to people in public space across the UK.
Ensemble forms part of Ship Building – a body of creative work being developed by Certain Blacks in response to the current UK societal climate and reflecting the heritage of the London docks. Ship Building takes its name from Elvis Costello’s anti-war song and responds to C19,
The Ensemble Festival is in partnership with Without Walls who champion and support diverse work and accessibility in the arts, with a wide range of shows from Black, Asian and ethnically diverse artists and D/deaf and Disabled artists.