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City Voices heard online at Gloucester History Festival

Gloucester History Festival is heading online after confirming its online City Voices programme.

The programme of Blackfriars talks, which is yet to confirmed, will also be delivered online when the 10th festival takes place from September 5-20.

It has the theme of Voyagers and Visionaries to mark the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower's voyage to America in September 1620

Festival manager Jacqui Grange said: "We believe with careful planning we will achieve same level of professionalism expected of the festival with our online content.

"We are putting together an extraordinary programme of events which will not only encompass the City Voices programmes, but the Blackfriars talks too with some elements of the Heritage Open Days programme also available online."

Among the highlights of the City Voices programme are:

  • Kingsholm Looking Up by artist Ellie Shipman, an illustrated guide to the people and places of the are with people able to follow a walking trail to see vinyl illustrations in windows across the route.
  • Take it to the Cleaners by artist Hannah Thomson which celebrates the unsung heroes of heritage. Audiences will hear about their favourite objects or parts of the heritage sites they clean, as well as their own experiences and stories.
  • Gloucester Firsts by Rider Shafique and Tarsier Films, two short documentaries which explore Black history through the first mosque and first Black business. The films will include interviews with key community members and will look at the importance and influence of heritage and how people connected to these venues and businesses have continued to support the community.
  • Deaf artist Olivier Jamin and Christina Wheeler who present a unique and engaging response to sites across the city in British sign language with subtitles for hearing audiences.
  • In We See Gloucester (Do You See Me?), Rider Shafique explores identity, culture and heritage through face coverings in a series of photographs of people taken during lockdown, which also features photographers Elle-Bry Thomas and Phil Campbell.

This City Voices content will be available at gloucesterhistoryfestival.co.uk which is due to be launched in the coming days.

Photography competition My Gloucester Nine will run through the festival. Free to enter and based online - primarily on Instagram - people are encouraged to photograph the city and create a grid of their nine best Gloucester images.

The Festival Team is finalising details of the Blackfriars events while the Heritage Open Days, celebrating its 25th anniversary, will continue in a socially distanced manner.

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