Theatre Deli and Dark Yellow Dot are hosting a weekend-long festival, Pandemic in the City, which will showcase new works from ten artists including performances, films, audio dramas and exhibitions. Each of these is inspired by the artist’s experiences of the Covid-19 era, and visions of possible post-pandemic futures.
From exploring the virus as a life-form itself through to navigating pregnancy as a new immigrant during an unprecedented time, Pandemic in the City will present new perceptions on aspects of the pandemic, creatively examine how some have survived the last 12 months and consider what the future might look like.
Presented by Theatre Deli and Dark Yellow Dot, with support from the City of London Corporation, the two day festival includes scheduled performances throughout the weekend, and exhibitions, films and immersive works that audiences can enjoy at their own pace.
Beginning in winter 2020, the Pandemic in the City project offered mentorship to ten emerging artists to amplify voices of unheard communities through the sharing of stories and narratives that bring people together in the wake of Covid-19.
Pandemic in the City is Theatre Deli’s first project focussing exclusively on the population that lives and works directly around its City of London venue. Throughout the pandemic, Theatre Deli has provided over £18,000 of support in kind to artists and charities including space, equipment and consultancy.
Katherine Webb, Associate Producer for Theatre Deli Broadgate said: “This project truly represents Theatre Deli’s ethos, supporting emerging artists – giving them time, space, mentoring and a platform to develop new work and help them move to the next level within their professional development.
“The creative response with which these artists responded to the call out is mind blowing, we all experienced the pandemic but the new perspectives presented within these pieces really makes you think and question everything you thought about the crisis.”