Welcome to the Text Festival.
The Text Festival in Bury is an internationally recognised event investigating contemporary language art (poetry, text art, sound and media text, live art). Opening on 29 April 2011, the next Festival will be its third manifestation and run into July.
Against the background of global stylistic multiplicity, the use of language spans many artforms and may even be a unifying field of enquiry, a new definition and a new field of international linguistic art practice and dialogue. The Bury Festival is the leading focus of language in 21st Century art.
The Festival specialises in experiments, in new experiences, in performances and exhibitions that mix artforms in ground-breaking combinations that challenge traditional language art boundaries and offer artists a forum for dialogue and exchange of ideas.
Art Monthly commented of the Festival:
"According to Foucault, the singularities that serve
to rupture and renew normative discourse
always emerge from the interstices – in other words, where nobody is looking. Almost certainly nobody was looking
in the direction of Bury for the emergence of this significant project…"
- The first UK performance by Canadian virtuoso sound poet Christian Bök
- A unique text art commission by U.S. poet Ron Silliman
- 4 new exhibitions investigating aspects of language from sentences to visual poems
- language art works by more than 80 international artists
- New events and projects being added to the programme weekly