Cambridge already successfully plays host to the Cambridge Literary Festival and Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas. These curate fantastic programmes, but often showcase the already famous and acclaimed.
In Other Words is a festival of language based on the power of community and communication, showcasing and creating space for up-and-coming writers / performers and amplifying the voice of the people, not the voice of established institutions. It highlights both written and spoken word, and takes the form of publication, performance, and exhibition using venues around the city, many of them donated for free. Where applicable, the Festival asks for donations to cover running costs rather than charge audiences or artists.
The Festival aims to involve all local alternative artistic groups and individuals who wish to be involved – including the happily eccentric, the politically marginalised, and the voices that don’t have as big a platform as they need or deserve. It is a means to bring other voices and different perspectives to the forefront of Cambridge’s cultural language within a well-supported framework, further raising the city’s national profile as a rich and diverse centre for the arts.
The final event of the festival will be the trials of the would-be Bards and the “chairing” of the winning Bard of Cambridge on Sunday 18th June at Cambridge Junction.