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Houghton creative programme announced


The creative programme for the four days of art, music and sculpture festival Houghton have been revealed. Curatead by Craig Richards and produced by Gottwood Festival, Houghton kicks off on Thursday, August 10th at Houghton Hall in Norfolk.

East London’s audiophile bar Brilliant Corners will take over a hand-crafted, wooden yurt to present Giant Steps in collaboration with The Analogue Foundation while Trojan Sound System will host their own space too.

Short Bursts Of Concentrated Joy curated by David Blamey will present films that celebrate shape, colour and sound in relation to the physical body. Work by Jordan Belson, David Blamey, Neil Cummings, Nicky Hamlyn, Tomas Jefanovas, Rivane Neuenschwander & Cao Guimaraes, Malcom Le Grice & Brian Eno, Yoko Ono and Ulrich Rückriem will be screened.

Cinema content will be curated by Ivan Smagghe and feature screenings from Future Shorts, the world’s first ever global pop-up film festival and distribution label. Filmmakers Richard Round-Turner & George A. Daniell will present In Their Time, a documentary film series which came about as a result of their natural interest in other people’s sporting adventures and a chance meeting with Johnny Howard. Elsewhere, composer Ricardo Romaneiro will create and perform an hour-long musical meditative journey on a 12-string acoustic guitar.

Art Tours of Houghton’s sculpture park will be available, giving guests the chance to view work by James Turrell, Richard Long, Zhan Wang and Rachel Whiteread. Photographer Marco Walker and Jack Irving, a specialist in creative production and costume design for theatre installation and live performance, will also have pieces on show.

LYF Drawing will be running classes throughout the day and into the evening ranging from more traditional nude sketching (with a twist) to drawing stills from famous films which will later be projected as part of the ‘Nude Cinema Project’. Produced by Robert Linde, Caravan Shorts will present their highly sought after 15-minute theatre productions from inside a portable caravan. A small intimate audience, of roughly 8-9 members at a time will be able to experience a short drama in this private and exciting setting.

Compliments & Flattery, produced by Henry Krokatsis, will bring their uplifting installation to the festival. Aimed at helping guests understand how special they are, feel the love as their specialists shower you with compliments and flattery. Elsewhere, Truth & Lies will explore ‘Revolution & Change in Venezuela and the Tropics’ through films, talks, design and crates of the funkiest music in the World.

Food fans will be able to chomp on dishes from traders or get a fine dining experience at The Nest which made its debut at Gottwood this year. Traders at Houghton will include AVO, Churreria London, Claw, Fleetwood Mac & Cheese, Fundi, Good & Proper, Herbivorous, Jacks Gelato, Lahmacun, Le Bun, Little Espresso, Paelleria, Rainbow Dumplings, Smokey Tails, Steak & honour and The Shed.

The wellness area co-curated with maouris will offer zen in The Orchard with yoga, movement workshops, sound healing and massage tents. The Hot Spot in the Cherry Orchard by the lake will have a wood-fired sauna, hot and cold showers, cold plunge, treatment yurts a large changing room at only £10.00 entry, just bring a towel.

TOY will bring their aromatherapy pop up, Kota, to Houghton. A selection of essential oils, chosen by medicinal herbalists, will be dispersed through a central oil burner inside the pavilion structure. The structure transforms as the light of the day gives way to a darker night, Kota becomes illuminated by subtle LED up-lighting. Together with the natural beauty of the surrounding woodlands, it provides an intimate enclosure and shelter.

Finally, Craig Richards has hand drawn 96 images to represent every artist performing at the event this year. These will be presented in the form of a collectable hardback book available to purchase exclusively at the festival.

Tickets priced from £170 are available at houghtonfestival.co.uk.

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