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Festival of the Dead - Battersea Arts Centre

Event preview

THIS Halloween, after four years at Village Underground, Shoreditch, The nabokov Arts Club will take over Battersea Arts Centre – on Friday, October 28 and Saturday, October 29, 2011.

The event will feature a host of live performances and celebrate the ancient customs of the Festival of the Dead; where the living will celebrate with the souls of the departed, present gifts at the altar of the dead and embrace the supernatural, before one final, joyful farewell…

A stellar theatrical line-up features a unique Arts Club collaboration between nabokov, theatre ensemble tangled feet and award-winning playwright Polly Stenham, presenting a bespoke immersive theatrical event that is part ritual, part wedding, part insane fiesta.

Bad Physics will perform a brand new interactive comic theatre experience, and newcomers The Wind-Up Collective, formed from BAC’s ‘Homegrown’ programme, will perform their absurdist devised piece Box Junction.

Diverse music performances will culminate in separate headline acts on each night. Friday will see eclectic six piece female fronted Reggae, Dub, Soul, Blues and Hip-hop influenced Tin Roots blending genres in a raucous live show, while on Saturday night only, festival legends Yes Sir Boss‘ worldly musical and cultural influences and heavy blend of horn laden hooks, offbeat rhythms and epic riffs will be raising the roof, before an exclusive DJ disco set by William from the Mystery Jets!

Support on both nights comes from Anglo-Swedish beatbox-blues combo Hey Moonshaker, bluegrass trio Harriet Darling and the Good Honeys, and stars-in-the-making singer-songwriters Victoria Ward and Amy Lou Black.

Meanwhile, strewn throughout the labyrinthine grandeur of BAC, a vast array of talented artists will be performing in every corner, with comedy from Radio 1’s Tom Deacon and Up the Creek’s One-to-Watch Harriet Kemsley, bitter-sweet horror stories by the fire with Dave Bibby and Greg Wohead, poetry from Isley Lynn and duo Richard Marsh and Katie Bonna, as well as close-up magic, character comedy, individual experiences and unexpected surprises.

Additions to the line-up will be announced exclusively on the nabokov blog at

Tickets: £15 (in advance), £20 (on the door) – available from the box office on 020 7223 2223 or online at

Time: 9pm to 2am each night.