Festival Introduction

Tuesday, 09th June 2020

It has been a crazily bittersweet task to put together a festival this year. It has also been fantastically inspiring.


Almost the only thing that we know for sure is that we will never go back to where we were. Though this is very painful and tough for every one of us making our lives in the arts, it is also an opportunity for the survivors to recalibrate the sector for a modern world. To have a stake in that, it’s absolutely vital to keep creating, showing off and celebrating our imaginations as noisily as we can. As we see our livelihoods fall apart, we have to find ways not only to keep body together but also soul.


I’m full of admiration for all the tough, visionary, creative artists who have stuck with my Manifesto project. Seeing the richness and potential for sharing vision and ideas in this festival website is a cause for huge joy and inspiration. I fervently hope that survival will come with vision and that, among other things, privilege ceases to be a precondition for a foothold in the arts. I do hope every one of you peering into this kaleidoscope of vision will, as well as delighting in what you see and hear, also do whatever you can to help all these artists survive.


Bill Bankes-Jones

Artistic Director, Tête à Tête

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If you would like to help Tête à Tête and the artists creating these shows, take a look at this.