Buzzcut 2013 is a five-day festival of live art and performance in Glasgow

Buzzcut 2013 is a five-day festival of live art and performance in Glasgow

Highlights include work by Eilidh MacAskill, Andy Field and Catherine Street

Buzzcut is a five-day festival of live art and performance founded in Glasgow by Nick Anderson and Rosana Cade. Here they explain about the most youthful addition to the city’s experimental arts scene and its second year.

What’s the thinking behind this year’s Buzzcut, and how has it developed since the last one?
‘This year is very community driven. We’re having food events each day, hosted by different artists, and we’ve also made sure all the events are fully accessible to everyone. This means the whole festival is “pay what you can” and all spaces have entrances either on the ground floor or are fully accessible. We’re really keen for as many people as possible to be engaging with all the work.’

You’ve moved into Mono this year. How has that changed things?
‘We’re really excited to be in the Mono/Trongate area as there are so many great things happening around there. Also it’s quite a visual art area, so to be bringing performance work into the community feels like a positive step for dialogue and sharing of practice. Mono is also a great independent venue which we’ll be so happy to be inviting people to.’

What events are you particularly looking forward to?
‘This year we have done something we’ve always wanted to do, which is lease an empty shop and turn it into a performance space. This is a new challenge and it will also be really exciting to see lots of performance work in a space that has never had any in it before.’

There seems to be a huge appetite for experimental live art and performance, both from people making it, and audiences for the likes of Forest Fringe, Behaviour and the much missed National Review of Live Art. Why do you think that is?
‘We certainly hope that there is a huge appetite, and programmes like ours, Forest’s and Behaviour’s are definitely supporting experimental practice in Scotland. There could be even more support though! We’d really love to see more investment and advocacy for experimental practice across the levels of support that artists may need, whether they’ve just started their careers or have been practising for more years.’ 

What’s next for Buzzcut?
‘Plenty of exciting things ahead, including an event at The Basement in Brighton and a really brilliant collaboration with other artists at the Edinburgh Fringe. Watch this space!’

Buzzcut, various venues, Glasgow, Wed 27–Sun 31 Mar.

Buzzcut Festival

Cutting edge performance art festival created in December 2011 in response to the shock cancellation of the well-established New Territories festival. Buzzcut is all about sharing: food, ideas and homes.

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