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University’s arts festival branches out

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A University of Sussex arts festival is branching out from its roots as a one-day event on campus to a week of green-themed creative activity across the local area.

The third annual Sounding the Site - on the theme of 'root and branch' - will start on Saturday 5 March with live performances at Sustainable City Day in Jubilee Square, Brighton, coinciding with the beginning of the University's Green Week. Every event is free of charge and open to all.

River Jones, from the University's Centre for Community Engagement (CCE), is co-ordinating Sounding the Site and, with the Students' Union, Green Week.

She says: "Sounding the Site is all about bringing the University and its local community together in creative ways and this year it promises to do so more than ever - don't miss it!

"The root and branch theme has been specially chosen to tie in with Green Week, with several elements reflecting on issues of sustainability and celebrating local landscapes. For example, a poetry film installation, Tree Elegies, will celebrate trees living and dead; and Water Words will create collaborative chalk and water drawings."

You can join in by:


  • Submitting a photo during the festival on the theme of root and branch, to be displayed online and in various locations on and off campus;


  • Listening to the first performances of local composer Helen Glavin's 'Anthem for Trees';


  • Visiting the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts Creativity Zone (in the Pevensey 3 building on the University campus) to experience improvised music and dance in Rooting;


  • Enjoying an audio-visual display of poems on trees and nature, spoken in more than 10 languages, at the Language Learning Centre.

River says: "As well as all these scheduled activities, watch and listen for unexpected entertainment in unusual places."

Sounding the Site culminates on 11 March with 'Tongues in Trees', an evening of new music and poetry at the Foundry Gallery in Lewes.

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Last updated: Tuesday, 1 March 2011