When Pride Came to Town follows Bjørn-Tore, a 52-year old Norwegian who fled to the big city in order to escape the everyday homophobia he experienced in his rural hometown. When the very same village is hosting Norway’s first rural Pride parade, Bjørn-Tore is filled with mixed emotions about returning. Tensions rise as a local church group organise an anti-LGBTIQ rally, just weeks before the parade.
Five Films for Freedom 2020 runs from 18 – 29 2020 alongside BFI Flare, the LGBTIQ+ film festival. Five Films for Freedom, the world’s first global, digital LGBTIQ+ short-film programme is brought to you for a sixth year by the British Council and the British Film Institute (BFI), enabling people from all over the world to watch five films from the festival for free online.
At Wales Arts Review we believe a healthy thriving creative culture is the backbone of any progressive society. It is clear now that in the wake of the outbreak of the Covid-19 coronavirus, that many people who are vital contributors to the arts and culture of Wales will be taking significant financial hits as a result of necessary decisions taken to counteract the spread of the illness. Working as a freelancer in the arts is more often than not a precarious financial balancing act, particularly in Wales, and so Wales Arts Review is launching this crowdfunder in order to raise an emergency hardship fund for people struggling to make ends meet over the next few weeks due to the cancellation or postponement of projects brought about by Covid-19.
As the disruptions continue to intensify, it is important to remember many artists and workers in the creative industry are self-employed, and will be unable to collect an income as live events, workshops, and productions are cancelled or postponed indefinitely. At Wales Arts Review we have heard of many stories of people now being unable to pay rent or put food the table. We believe it is the responsibility of government, and in many cases the governing bodies of arts funding, to take a lead on these issues, and while we wait for that, Wales Arts Reviewwants to provide a space for the public to help alleviate some of the anxiety and hardship that is becoming widespread at the moment.
All funds raised will go to those who need it. 100% of all monies raised will be delivered as bursaries (minus the 3% fee of this crowdfunder website). Wales Arts Review will offer full transparency on how the crowdfunder operates, but anonymity is guaranteed for the bursary recipients, unless otherwise agreed.