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Inspiring creativity, challenging common perceptions and engaging debate

Date: 25/09/2013

For the first time the Art and Humanities Research Council will be a strategic partner for the Cheltenham Festivals. Starting with The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival to be held next month, AHRC-funded academics will be sharing their thoughts and research findings through a number of discussions, experiments and debates.

The Literature Festival showcases a diverse range of events and over the next week we are going to be suggesting events each day that reflect the many facets and routes into the programme, including:

  • Re-wired: Memory in the Digital Age - Friday 4th October, 16.00 – 17.00
  • AS Byatt - Friday 4th October, 18.30 – 19.30,
  • Memory, Prediction and the Invisible Future - Saturday 5th October, 16.00 – 17.15
  • Life in the Trenches - Sunday 6th October, 12.00 – 13.00
  • Empire, Memory and Us - Sunday 6th October, 14.00 – 15.00
  • Climate Change and the Art of Memory - Wednesday 9th October, 19.00 – 20.00
  • The Proust Phenomenon - Thursday 10th October, 14.00 – 15.00
  • The Proust Experiment -Thursday 10th October, 11.15 – 11.45, 12.30 – 13.00
  • Translating China - Sunday 13th October, 12.00 – 13.00

The AHRC funded academics will support the development of events across the Cheltenham Festivals ensuring innovative and engaging events are enhanced by excellent and emerging research. With Jazz, Music and Science Festivals coming up in 2014 work is underway to bring cutting edge research and creative programming. A researcher will work with the Cheltenham Festivals on evaluation to strengthen the overall impact of the Festivals to the cultural life of the UK.

The next festival will be Science, Professor Barry Smith Theme Fellow for Science in Culture and Professor Andrew Prescott Theme fellow for Digital transformations will work alongside the Science Festival team to will discuss ideas for events that will look at where arts and humanities bring knowledge not normally covered by science, offering exciting possibilities for new scientific discoveries and the meeting of these ideas.

George McKay, Professor of Cultural Studies and a Jazz musician himself will work collaborate with Tony Dudley-Evans, the Artistic director on developing events for the Music Festival in June 2014. In celebrations of the 70th Cheltenham Music Festival in July 2014 Professor John Rick will be looking to showcase the best new research and new academic talent.

Julia Jenkins, Development Director for Cheltenham Festival, said: Working with the AHRC is a very exciting opportunity for Cheltenham Festivals. The research work that their expert team is exploring should prove to be incredibly beneficial for the future development of the Festivals.

For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk

For more information from Cheltenham Festivals, please contact Candice Pearson at cheltenhamfestivals.com / 01242 537 284 http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/

Notes to Editors

  • For further information, please contact: Danielle Moore-Chick, AHRC: 01793 416021 d.moore-chick@ahrc.ac.uk
  • For more information from Cheltenham Festivals, please contact Candice Pearson at cheltenhamfestivals.com / 01242 537 284 http://www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/
  • The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funds world-class, independent researchers in a wide range of subjects: ancient history, modern dance, archaeology, digital content, philosophy, English literature, design, the creative and performing arts, and much more. This financial year the AHRC will spend approximately £98m to fund research and postgraduate training in collaboration with a number of partners. The quality and range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. www.ahrc.ac.uk


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