hello stranger: the festival captures the activity from the UK Festival of Performance Design, taking place across thirteen regions and countries of the UK and online in spring 2023. The festival centres the voice of designers and emphasizes opportunities for gathering, sharing and socializing. It is led by a network of UK-based performance designers, curating public facing events, hosted by venue partners, with support from higher education collaborators.
This publication is part two in a three-part series documenting the project hello stranger: national exhibition of performance design 2019–23. Part two documents the activity of each region and country through images, curatorial concepts and reflections from some of the designer-curators. The festival has included workshops, round-table discussions, exhibitions of artefacts, displays of design process, parades, design jamming, interventions, networking events, panel discussions, Q&A sessions and tea drinking. It is very much a live and generative festival – an evolving network, still in progress.