Featuring a digital programme of interviews, The File Style (us!!! 😊) will take part in this year’s WAF with ‘Creatives in Lockdown: In Conversation’. This is an exciting project following a year of encouraging and heart-warming interviews with creatives from around the world who shared their stories during lockdown.
Since 2010, Wandsworth Arts Fringe has been a solid platform for artists and creatives to reach a diverse community in this vibrant corner of London and beyond. In last year’s edition, WAF introduced a robust digital programme to reach everyone in their living rooms, ensuring no one missed out on the annual festival: “In 2020, WAF was transformed into WAF In Your Living Room, a digital festival showcasing 250 artists across 130 digital events that reached over 30,000 homes, and delivered creative activity packs to 2,100 local families.”
The File Style’s project, ‘Creatives in Lockdown: In Conversation’, is a series of interviews delving into creatives’ work and their personal experiences during the pandemic. A serene exploration of resilience, new opportunities and evolving as a human being.
From 3 to 4 July, we will bring live and recorded exclusive interviews in a programme especially tailored for Wandsworth Arts Fringe with creatives representing the fine arts, music, stage lighting, photography, mixed media, filmmaking and fashion.
The free online event is an invitation to be touched, inspired and perhaps learn how to build resilience during challenging times. We hope you’ll join us from wherever you are in the world.
To view the full programme, visit: https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2021//creatives-in-lockdown
If you’re curious about what the project will bring, here is a preview of what to expect:
SATURDAY, 3rd JULY
10am – Friends with a mission:
We will introduce the series of interviews and talk about our journey documenting creatives navigating lockdown, how it has influenced them, including new ways of building resilience.
12pm – Andria Antoniou – singer and voice coach:
Andria Antoniou is a London-based vocalist of jazz, Latin and Greek Retro music who celebrates cultural diversity and the interconnectedness of people through music. She is also an educator and the founder of Voice Hub, a platform and community where one can find and develop his voice.
2pm – Ali Mulroy – artist:
Based in London, Ali has been painting in oils since 12 years old and says he’d been “instantly fascinated by the medium from the first moment” she used it. Awarded young artist of the year by the Society of Women Artists at the Mall Galleries in 2006, Ali has belonged to the SWA since 2007, exhibiting annually with them and the Mall Galleries ever since. She says: “I want people to feel hopeful as they wait for dawn to break over their current darkness. If my work can help in the waiting – then that’s all I’ll ever want.”
3pm – Janssem Cardoso – photographer:
A Brazilian photographer and art director based in São Paulo, Janssem is a native of Benjamim Constante, a city located in the State of Amazonas. He also works with audiovisual production (capture, editing and art direction). Since 2016 he has been developing a work with artistic nude photography called ‘Other Colours’ and exploring matters of inclusion, diversity and identity.
5pm – Robbie Thielemans – LED lighting creative:
Robbie Thielemans is a Belgian engineer and creative consultant working in the LED industry for almost three decades. Behind the scenes, he designs wonders through light revealing a bright spectacle.
SUNDAY 4 JULY
9am – Inken Sarah Mischke – camerawoman and founder of Perola Filmes:
Berliner Inken Sarah is a passionate creative who has delved into filmmaking after concluding a Master’s Degree in Latin American and Gender Studies. She says: “Essentially, making films is nothing less than telling stories that open up a new perspective on things. I was delighted to discover that this approach could also be applied to the field of design, because here the scope for creativity, quite literally, knows no limits.”
12am – Ludwig Rondón – musician:
Ludwig Rondón, born in Curaçao, based in the Netherlands, is a performing musician, classical guitarist and educator. He inspires and teaches the practicalities and tricks of the acoustic guitar.
2pm – Kelly Sue – fashion designer:
Kelly Sue is a Dutch fashion designer who, in 2016, designed a clothing line for wheelchair users. Soon after, SUE’s Warriors foundation was created to embrace all people and convey diversity, unity and equality in society. Recently, she became an interior designer to bring empowerment and accessibility for all.
3pm – Frederico Sousa – mixed media:
Born in Brighton, Frederico Sousa is a British designer currently a student at the Faculty of Fine Arts of the University of Porto. A great lover of unusual aesthetics and in the media arts: illustration, animation and photography. The need for life change is the inspiring source for this artist to begin his studies at 44 years of age.
Watch the interviews: https://www.wandsworthfringe.com/whats-on-2021/creatives-in-lockdown
*feature image credit: Julien De Salaberry