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HALLOWED WORLD PREMIERE

“Imelda May thinks inside the box with poetry behind glass walls at Latitude festival”
The Times

Staged within its own emotive ‘exploded’ environment ‘HALLOWED’ - a unique immersive and participatory Performance Art project and installation conceived and ‘inhabited’ by established musical artist IMELDA MAY, enjoyed a hugely successful WORLD PREMIERE at this year’s LATITUDE FESTIVAL.
Featuring impactful sound and visual design by collaborating artists DOM JONES & LUKE LOSEY, IMELDA’S project – a collaboration between IMELDA and Creative Director AMI CADILLAC and co-produced by LAVISH DESIGN - is representative of the mental & emotional barriers that an artist has to push themselves through during the challenging time of giving birth and forming new ideas.
More often identified by her powerful dulcet voice & musical work as a songwriter, ‘HALLOWED’ is at its heart a connective exploration of IMELDA’S creative writing process, as well as a multi-sensory journey through her life experiences and observations.
This honest and brave live piece by IMELDA - reflects the personal struggles, conflicts & vulnerability of an Artist during their creative process usually in solace and hidden behind the walls of their own very private space. During the piece participants were not just welcomed in to observe Imelda completing her debut book of poems or crafting lyrics for her forthcoming album, they also spent time within the space when Imelda was not present, encouraged to put down their own words and expressions on paper to become a part of the overall piece.
Look our for the HALLOWED TOUR in 2020 - dates and locations to follow soon!

 
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90 YEARS OF DECCA RECORDS & PAVAROTTI EXHIBITION

Lavish were delighted to be a part of the 90th Birthday celebrations of the legendary DECCA Records staged at the V&A in the Spring. Audiences were treated by Decca to live performances by cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, Rhys Lewis and a great set by R6's Tom Ravenscroft. There were also screenings of rare Bowie videos and a pop up vintage fair created by Lavish, as well as a PAVAROTTI exhibition for which we had the great pleasure of handling one of Pavarotti’s famous tuxedo's which he performed in! Also on display were two of Pavarotti's legendary tropical shirts, hats, signed handkerchiefs, even some of his own art works and other rare memorabilia - which we went on to recreate at BAFTA in a second exhibition for the premiere of the film PAVAROTTI.
Other commissions for environmental designs and Lavish scenic art direction this year include projects for the BARBICAN, REDBULL and ACTION AID

 
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14TH LATITUDE

Lavish are proud to have been a key part of LATITUDE FESTIVAL since its inauguration. To celebrate the opening of this year’s event we produced THE ELDERS - an impactful participatory performance which explored the themes of climate change, extinction, ageing and unity. Inspired by Carnival tradition and the rituals of spirited rebellion the project featured a 50+ strong cast of 65+s, young ECO WARRIORS and a 9m high MECHANICAL PUPPET!
Meanwhile in SOLAS, Lavish were proud to stage the WORLD PREMIERE of IMELDA MAY’s brave new performance Art project HALLOWED which engaged audiences and participants across 4 days in a thought provoking, immersive poetry experience - a successful beginning of a new creative collaboration between Imelda and Ami (Jade Cadillac.) More often identified by her powerful dulcet voice & musical work as a songwriter, HALLOWED is at its heart a connective exploration of Imelda’s creative writing process, as well as a multi-sensory journey through her life experiences and observations.
Deep in the Woods scenic artist ADAM CUTTS reflected on some key figures of the WINDRUSH GENERATION in a series of largescale portraits as a part of our ongoing LIVE ART series.
LAVISH LOUNGE ARENA highlights this year included on Thursday the brilliant 12 YEARS - ECO RECITAL by musical activist and ‘inside-out’ pianist SARAH NICHOLLS, the legendary GEORGE KHAN QUARTET, MAX REINHARDTS immersive film and live music experience the INSTANT SCORECHESTRA. Our LATE LOUNGE stars JAGUAR, KRAFTY KUTS and DON LETTS - kept audiences dancing into the wee hours. Across the weekend another incredible BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING program at the LAVISH LOUNGE delighted audiences with very best in under-the- radar talent and surprise performances by FREYA RIDINGS, TOM GRENANN and PALE WAVES. To top it all off, the live broadcast of DERMOT O’LEARY’S show provided an unprecedented early opening of the main arena exclusively for those lucky enough to snap up the limited free tickets!

 
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MAKE AIR NOT WAR!

Lavish were delighted to be invited back for a fourth year to DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL the UK’s premier rock event.
In its second year the Lavish SINDROME played host to a packed programme of death-defying stunts, bohemian freaks, mechanical madness, Viking battles and a heavy dose of love, peace and air rock n roll!
DEMOLITION DOWNLOAD made a hefty charge back to Donnington when our medieval fighters from all over Europe gathered to take each other on in battle and to be crowned champions in this full force, full contact World sport.
Fans flocked to MAKE AIR NOT WAR in the second official UK Air Guitar Championships as it made its grand return to Download, those that entered gained the chance of getting a shot at the world title in Finland. DR HAZE the Undead Ringmaster of The Circus of Horrors who hosted the competition was joined this year by guest judge – multi-Million selling artist… the majestic musical maestro and lead singer of the World famous DR AND THE MEDICS – REV DR CLIVE JACKSON! Topping it all off the reining World Air Guitar champion - NANAMI SEVEN SEAS- travelled all the way from Japan to energise the audience with a stellar air performance.
CIRCUS OF HORRORS were back in the DOGHOUSE with two wild new shows ‘ASYLUM’ and ‘WELCOME TO THE FREAK SHOW’ each featuring an amazing amalgamation of bizarre, fantastic circus acts and the darkest of magic.
THE WORLD’S GREATEST WALL OF DEATH provided non-stop high-risk performances from the legendary LUKE and KERRI FOX and team that left the Download audience utterly awe struck and totally exhilarated. Deep in the Woods in the METAL DEN - revellers lay in hammocks and savoured Download’s very first Outdoor Cinema – the Lavish METAL SCREEN and hand curated Cineprogram which featured an awesome collection of Arthouse, classic, comedy and documentaries on a giant outdoor screen. At the strike of the witching hour our Metal Screens’ resident HEAVY METAL DISCO VJ - HARRY K took- to the decks spinning rock classics into the early hours accompanied by his hand crafted film mash up.

 
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CELEBRATING THE PEOPLES KING

Ever heard of the RURAL REVIVALIST and PEOPLES KING - RICHARD BOOTH who passed away peacefully this August? In these dark times of political, economical and environmental crisis we want to draw focus to RICHARD BOOTHS extraordinary accomplishments, ones that turned the declining rural borderline town of HAY ON WYE into the WORLDS FIRST BOOKTOWN in the late 70's. Paving the way for the likes of the Hay Festival and the huge success and international fame that the small town enjoys today. HAY's self proclaimed KING declared 'HOME RULE' for Hay in the 1970's fighting away big business and helping the locals, many of which were were unemployed at the time - to set up their own second hand bookshops and independent businesses of which can still be seen thriving in HAY today. Richard's INDEPENDENT KINGDOM and the HAY of today is still refreshingly free from the likes of Costa and Mc Donalds thanks to him!
So for some proof of what can be achieved through creative action and support of your local community please look up the anarchist book King, and great inspiration of ours - Long Live the legacy of dear KING RICHARD BOOTH!