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Preview: In Between Time Summit

By steve wright, Monday Oct 7, 2019

In Between Time, Bristol’s producers of extraordinary art and ideas, have announced the programme highlights for their first Summit, taking place across Bristol venues, sites and unusual spaces across the weekend of October 11-13.

Founded in 2001 by Helen Cole, In Between Time has continued to grow and following the success of its seventh international Festival in 2017, it now launches its debut Summit, with a commitment to the role that the arts community can have in fighting for fairer, more equal world.

In Between Time founder Helen Cole

The Summit will bring people together from local, national and global communities to explore the role of art in building a better future. The three-day programme of art, activism and conversation will be built around the question, ‘How do we build a better future?’

Here are some highlights:

Dorothée Munyaneza: Unwanted
Part of FranceDance UK, a four month festival from the Institut Français, Dorothée Munyaneza’s Unwanted gets its UK premiere at In Between Time.

This pic and top pic: Dorothée Munyaneza’s ‘Unwanted’. Pics: Christophe Raynaud de Lage

The show explores Dorothée’s personal experience of surviving the Rwandan genocide at 12 years old, and her family’s flight from home. Unwanted focuses on the stories of the women caught up in this atrocity – specifically, those who suffered rape, an act of domination and suppression that is still used as a weapon of destruction in war zones today.

Kameela Janan Rasheed: How To Suffer Politely (And Other Etiquette)
How To Suffer Politely (And Other Etiquette) is a series of large-scale text works exhibited on billboards in central sites across Bristol to invoke and satirize traditional etiquette guides.

Part of Kameela Janan Rasheed’s ‘How To Suffer Politely (And Other Etiquette)’. Pic: Kameela Janan Rasheed

Created in response to the escalating violence against black people across the United States, the work examines the expectations placed on these communities to police their reactions while maintaining restraint and civility. More broadly, the work asks its viewers to consider how such self-monitoring of everything from emotional expression to physical movement is used as a tool to perpetuate oppressive systems.

During its run in Bristol, How To Suffer Politely… will ask viewers to scrutinize our own city’s history of violence and oppression towards its black communities.

Panels, debates, conversations and more
The three-day Summit will feature keynote speeches, roundtable conversations, think-tank discussions and workshops designed to challenge who gets to speak, and who gets to listen.

The debates begin on Friday 11 with Whose Voices Are We Hearing?, in which representation and leadership in the arts sector will be held under the microscope. Saturday, meanwhile, will explore The Role of Art in the Making of A Better Future, looking at art, civic engagement and public space. On Sunday the focus switches to provocations, reflection and tactics for moving forward.

In Between Time Summit Oct 11-13, Arnolfini / Ashton Court Arts Mansion / Circomedia / Redcliffe Caves / We The Curious. For more info, visit

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