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Introducing Snapshots, Gulbenkian’s Spring Season

13 Dec 2019

A new year is always a time to take stock of everything, of our lives, hopes & dreams, and the state of the world around us. A new decade even more so. As we start the 2020s, we’ve put together a programme that we’ve called “Snapshots,” in which we’ve invited artists to pause, reflect and give us their take on the state of everything.

Included in this season is a trio of works that looks at the state of the nation. Scottee tells us what it’s like to grow up in working-class Britain, Rhiannon Faith examines the state of our unloved towns, whilst Leo Burtin explores the many generations of migrants who have made their way to the UK through the history of bread.

We’ve also asked artists to look within, and are proud to present a series of works that present snapshots of inner lives. Paula Varjack asks the baby question, Theatre Re explore untold family secrets, Caroline Horton paints an intimate portrait of living with depression, and in Half Life we track the stories of people aged 10, 20, 40 and 80, each in different phases of their lives.

We want to offer a snapshot of pressing Global issues too, including the climate emergency in our “Culture Declares Emergency” Family Day and the #MeToo movement through our Songbirds music series and the This Girl Can Family Day. Global voices are also represented through our ambitious and diverse music programme, but we also want to shine a spotlight on local talent, which will come to the fore in our inaugural South by South East festival (on sale in early 2020).

As always at Gulbenkian, we are committed to offering the warmest of welcomes for all generations of people, so each weekend you’ll find family-friendly theatre, festival or film.

We continue to offer Kent’s most diverse range of live music, encompassing jazz, folk and world music, plus our focus on female artists in our Songbirds series.

We look forward to welcoming you in 2020.


ART31 takes its name from Article 31 of the UN Convention on the Rights of a Child, which states that ‘Children have the right to relax and play, and to join in a wide range of cultural, artistic and other recreational activities’.

ART31 is a vision created with, by, and for young people in Kent, championing the belief that all children and young people have an entitlement to access high quality arts and culture, to empower them to achieve their creative potential, and to genuinely engage young people as equal partners in any decision making that affects them.

The ART31 Youth Board is made up of young people from across Kent aged 13-25 who steer its governance, and influence policy and practice across the county and beyond, challenging the creative sector to examine existing ways of working and integrate young people into the core of their practice.

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