Impressions of MERZ at Sanquhar Arts Festival 2023

2023 is the seventy fifth anniversary of artist Kurt Schwitters’ death. In celebration of his immensely creative life (and inspiration for MERZ in Sanquhar) IMPRESSIONS OF MERZ features a cabaret plus films and a play, taking take place at A’ the Airts in Sanquhar at 7:00pm on Saturday 27th May as part of SANQUHAR ARTS FESTIVAL (26-28 May).

Booking is free but essential while a few artist residency buildings – themselves inspired by Schwitters’ reuse and recycling – are available at ‘reasonable rates’ for those wishing to stay over and enjoy the many features of the Sanquhar Arts Festival.

IMPRESSIONS OF MERZ features an interpretation of the 1916 Cabaret Voltaire Dada performance in Zurich by Airts Youth Theatre; the short film ‘Kurt Schwitters has left the building’ on Schwitters legacy together with the award winning animation ‘Untitled(2022)’, on Schwitters final months’ in Cumbria.

The evening will conclude with Paul Brightwell’s performance of his brilliant one-person play, ‘Merzspiel’, with Schwittters’ life re-imagined before a contemporary audience.

Bookings and (limited) residency accommodation at MERZ can be made through A’ the Airts [email protected] or 01659 50514.

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