At Camden Arts Centre a series of events were programmed to reflect the five or six Sanculottides (complimentary or festival days), guests to responded to the days – Virtue, Talent, Labour, Conviction, Honour and Revolution through discussion, performance and magic.
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Celebrating the French Republican Calendar’s Sanculottides (complimentary or festival days), Ruth Ewan invited guests to respond to the days – Virtue, Talent, Labour, Conviction, Honour and Revolution with an afternoon of discussion, performance and magic.
Speakers and performers included Dr Sanja Perovic, senior Lecturer in French at Kings College London introducing the Sanculottides; writers and anarchist bakers Molly Conisbee and Ruth Potts of Bread, Print & Roses who presented Virtue and Labour; Socialist Magician Ian Saville as Talent and Practice Based Researcher, Sophie Hope on Conviction. Ruth Ewan also presented her performance work A Child’s Catechism in response to the day Revolution.
Build an Otter Den
Families were invited to help build an artificial otter holt with guidance from experts from the International Otter Survival Foundation. Those who attended learned how otters build their homes and collaborated to make one in the gallery from wood, branches and piping. It formed part of the installation Back to the Fields, representing the calendar day ‘otter’.
Families were invited to come and meet a donkey, a pig, a goat and other farm animals and discover their cultural role throughout history.