Global Streets, a programme of international outdoor arts presented in 12 towns and cities across the country announces an ambitious season of temporary installations, performing arts and light-based artworks running over summer and autumn 2021.
Funded by Arts Council England and produced by FESTIVAL.ORG, this year’s Global Streets programme opens with We Are Watching, a timely commentary on the climate crisis by Swiss artist and activist Dan Acher. Alongside the installation, Cast will be running a performance poetry project with young people around the theme of hope for the future.
We Are Watching is a striking image of a giant eye flown on a monumental flag, created from digital portraits contributed by people living in 190 countries across the globe. This 10-storey high flag is designed to send a clear message to world leaders with the power to affect decisions about climate change at the forthcoming COP26 in Glasgow, that the eyes of the world are upon them. We Are Watching will tour to Greenwich, Hounslow,Birmingham, Doncaster and Liverpool between August and October, before further presentations in Scotland in October and November.
More than ever, this year’s productions have been selected to bring communities together to share in moments of joy, celebration and reflection. Described by US-based artist Yvette Mattern as ‘a visual translation of hope and peace’, Global Rainbow has been seen around the world since 2009, and will be seen above the skies of Leicester and Doncaster in November, before a further presentation in Poole. The artwork’s seven rainbow laser beams have taken on a new significance since 2020 with symbolic links to the NHS and the UK’s outpouring of gratitude to and support of key workers.
Deborah Rees, Director at Cast said:
“We Are Watching is such a monumental installation and I’m so pleased to be able to bring something so large in scale, in both physical size and impact for all of Doncaster to see. To be able to share Global Rainbow too, a symbol of hope and piece after such a challenging 18 months is very important to us. Global Streets are a long-time collaborator of Cast and their work is always impactful and provoking. Furthermore, to be able to run a participatory performance poetry project alongside this magnificent flag, sharing the voices of the young people of Doncaster and their hopes for the future is the perfect way to connect with the work and have a legacy for the town.”
Bradley Hemmings, Artistic Director of FESTIVAL.ORG, said:
“This year Global Streets sets out to reunite local communities with international artists following a period in which we’ve all missed out on the conviviality and spectacle that international outdoor arts uniquely provide. I’m very proud of the way in which Global Streets partners have worked tirelessly behind the scenes, in the most difficult of circumstances, towards the reanimation of high streets, town and city centres across the country.”
We Are Watching will be in Doncaster Thursday 7 & Friday 8 October. To register your interest and keep up to date about the event click here
Global Rainbow will be in Doncaster Friday 12 & Saturday 13 November. To register your interest and keep up to date about the event click here