Festival for the Living

Fancy being buried in this?

Or this?

These are only a couple of the coffins on display at the Royal Festival Hall as part of the Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living this weekend. A combination of events, performances and workshops, the Festival includes a Poetry Takeaway, a pop up registry and a giant chalk board where you can share your resolutions, pledges and lifelong dreams.

What I like about this festival is that it talks about death from various angles and using different forms of expression. Death is actually a very morose subject and one that I wouldn’t normally subject children to. But when you combine it with song, poetry, puppetry, art and a sense of humour, one can definitely see the benefits of the endeavor.

I’m not sure how good the Festival will be, as a majority of the events are scheduled for this coming weekend. The organizers are definitely taking some amount of risk with the subject matter. But I like the spirit (no pun intended), and I think it is a brave venture in itself.

Death: Southbank Centre’s Festival for the Living
27-29 Jan 2012
Southbank Centre

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