Eden Arts Festival
A long weekend featuring live performances, visual arts, music, family fun and a celebration of all things LGBTQ.
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What's happening during the weekend
Friday 8 September, 2.30 – 10pm: Proud Eden
Friday will be a celebration of LGBTQ culture, and we're open til late! Come along and be proud with us.
The Dome Tent stage
Join us inside the giant tent to catch talks, performances and a photographic exhibition.
- Lucy Le Brocq photography exhibition: Dragging Gender explores the dimensions of 'gender' through the theatrical art form of drag kings.
- 2.30pm: Stonewall Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research Paul Twocock talks about where the LGBT equality movement needs to go next.
- 3.30pm & 6.30pm: Outings. The world’s first West End show based on coming-out stories of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people from around the world. The show explores how they came out and what effect it has had on them.
- 5.30pm: MCMC Spoken. MCMC Spoken uses her diverse skills to communicate views and visions of the world both as she sees it and through the eyes of others.
- 8pm: Beacons, Icons and Dykons presents The Apple. A screening of the (so bad it’s good) 80s film The Apple, with integrated cabaret performances from queer artists.
The Penguin Books and Gay Times stage
Each performer will be preceded by a brief interview by Josh Rivers of Gay Times, including highlighting their most inspirational LGBT+ book.
- 4.30pm: Elani Evangelou, a singer-songwriter from Plymouth who has been described as "one of the brightest young voices on the scene...Her knowledge of jazz is already earning her fans wherever she performs".
- 5.30pm: Stonewall Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research Paul Twocock talks about where the LGBT equality movement needs to go next.
- 6pm: Matthew Todd, former editor of one of the UK’s leading gay magazines, Attitude, talks about his book Straight Jacket: How to be Gay and Happy.
- 6.30pm: Dean Atta, award-winning poet who was named as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK by the Independent on Sunday Pink List, and Time Out have called "one of the UK's finest poets".
- 7.30pm Paul Diello, award-winning singer-songwriter known for his uplifting and original lyrics. Diello possesses a masterful, genre-bending voice, influenced by singers like Diana Ross, Tori Amos and Kate Bush.
- 8.30pm: Toby Campion, writer and spoken word artist who has featured on BBC TV and Radio 4.
- 9.15: Zee Gachette (Z Star), a musician with a myth-like reputation who Jimmy Page has called "a force of nature".
Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 September
The rest of the weekend will provide artistic inspiration and fascination for any age.
Venue: Dome Tent
Miracle Theatre: screening their feature film, Tin, a story of love, greed and opera in a Cornish mining town. The screening will be followed by a Q&A with cast member Ben Dyson and the director (Bill Scott, Sunday) or producer (Annie Ukleja, Saturday).
- 3pm (the film is 90 minutes long)
Squash Box Theatre: The Sea Show is a quirky and hilarious mix of puppet show, natural history and comedy cabaret.
- Saturday only: 10.45am, 12.45pm and 2.15pm
Aunty Emily from The People's String Foundation: enter a world of puppetry and music that conjures fun and laughter for the whole family. Join Emily and meet her new friends on her quest to find her missing Melody, and the secrets of the underwater world of Lyonnesse.
- Sunday only: 12.45pm and 2.15pm
Performance of rhythms, chants and dances of the Ga people of Southern Ghana by the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana, one of Africa’s leading drumming groups.
Drumming workshops: Learn how to play the ‘Oge’ rhythm, brought to modern day Ghana by Liberian fisherman and now one of Ghana’s most popular traditional rhythms. Suitable for all ages and abilities. Drums provided. Limited spaces available.
Dancing workshops: Learn how to dance the ‘Kapnlogo’ Ghanaian traditional social dance – a series of moves that correspond to the solo calls of the ‘master drum’ of the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana. Limited spaces available.
Venue: Citrus Grove, Mediterranean Biome
Katie Kirk and Rick Williams: combining a love of early music with an ear for the timeless quality behind contemporary songs
Live storytelling: a new edition of Billy and the Minpins by Roald Dahl, read by our storytelling team
- 11.45am and 2pm
Jamie and Kezia: these amazing musicians were a major part of our Festival of Light and Sound last Christmas. The set will include solo performances and a duet featuring some of the music from the festival.
Ellie Williams: Paintings inspired by the intriguing landscapes of Cornwall and beyond. Exhibited throughout the Mediterranean Biome all weekend.
Venue: Rainforest Biome
Hotch Potch Performance: Grab your magnifying glass and tread carefully as Berty, your exceptionally tall tour guide, leads you on a journey of the tiny. The Tiny Tour is a family promenade performance combining installations, storytelling and stilt walking like you've never seen it before.
- 11am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm
Jon Udry: Cornish-born Juggler and Comedian, who is returning to Cornwall on his biggest tour yet. The ABC Tour is a tour of 26 venues, one for each letter of the alphabet. Join Jon for laughter and amazement on his fifth show of the tour: E is for Eden Project.
- Sunday only, 3pm
Indigenous People: Performance of rhythms, chants and dances of the Ga people of Southern Ghana by the Kakatsitsi Master Drummers from Ghana, one of Africa’s leading drumming groups.
Lulu Butcher: Animal portrait and mural artist Lulu will be painting live in the Rainforest Biome creating a playful rainforest scene teaming with animals using purely mineral and earth pigments from mother earth herself.
Kiwi Print: come down and pull you very own limited edition Kiwi Print. Perfect to take home and frame or use as a postcard to send to your friends. Inspired by the exotic plants in Eden’s Biomes, this is the perfect little souvenir to take home from your trip to the Eden Project.
- 30-minute sessions available from 11am to 4pm. Booking essential - book your place on the day in the Yurt. Suitable for age 8 and above.