Following the joyous time that is the festive season, January can feel, well, a bit dry, a bit of a slump. Rescuing you from that slump is VAULT Festival. It’s been branded as the ‘smaller, cooler version of the Edinburgh Fringe’ so expect performances, club nights, pop-up bars…basically everything the Fringe has and more.
The Flanagan Collective will be taking over multiple spaces in the venue, with their immersive version of The Great Gatsby. Each audience is set to have a unique experience, while being encouraged to explore the world of Jay Gatsby. Returning to the festival will be Superbolt Theatre, with Mars Actually, which brings to life the theatre’s vision of life on Mars. There’ll also be an immersive circus show, with acrobats, mimers and dancers reimagining and telling the mythical story of Greek goddess Persephone. Yes, it’ll be fun and games galore but perhaps take a moment to get a little serious; the spoken word, media and movement interpretation Thought to Flesh is an exploration of motor neurone disease, done in collaboration with UCL Institute of Neurology. Based on the true story of Sara Ezekiel, Thought to Flesh will give voice to a community so often neglected.
Hungry festival goers will be treated to Balkano, a kitchen exploration of Eastern Europe. Chef Martin Shaw will be serving up dishes like chicken souvlaki with labneh and Hungary hot potato with smoky Serb salsa. Accompany the dishes with your choice craft beer or cocktail, served up by Meantime and Campari.
Don’t start 2017 in a slump, explore VAULT Festival instead.
VAULT Festival will be running from 25th January to 5th March