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July 2016

Guest artist blog – European solidarity on day of the Referendum @ GDIF & Xtrax professional outdoor arts showcase 2016

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James Doyle-Roberts, Co-Artistic Director of Wales based company Citrus Arts, visited the Greenwich & Docklands International Festival and Xtrax Showcase, along with several Wales based artists and arts organisations alongside Articulture. Below is an account of his experience.

Citrus Arts specialises in circus, street theatre, drama, dance, and education projects, working alongside some of Europe’s leading practitioners, in a wide range of contexts and locations. You can find out more about Citrus Arts here – www.citrusarts.squarespace.com

On 24th June I attended the opening events of Greenwich & Docklands International Festival, and the Xtrax networking events for Outdoor Arts colleagues from the UK, Europe and across the world.

It’s impossible not to mention that this was the day that the referendum result was declared! I’d woken early in an inexpensive hotel room to hear the result and with a sinking heart wondering wondering what on earth we are going to do in a society that had narrowly voted to cut-off one of the major sources of funding to tourism and culture in Wales…

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