I had meant to write this post before I went to Stockholm. Minor error. I went, I’m back, here’s what happened…
I went to Sweden with the rest of the Wolves at the end of August to bring an exciting series of workshops and participatory performances to the annual Stockholm Fringe Festival. We ran wolf mask-making workshops and encouraged members of the public to join us with their own masks in a ‘ﬂash-mob’ style performance ‘Running with Wolves’, which culminated in a procession around the Kulterhuset venue and into the streets of Stockholm. We made masks downloadable from our Pack of Wolves site. These are still available online to download, so if you’d like to do a wolfie mask of your very own, for whatever you choose, sitting in a deckchair the garden on perhaps unholy games of a deviant sexual nature, you can do so HERE.
Housed at the Kulterhuset, the Southbank Centre of Stockholm, the words being said about the fringe festival are thus: “the Stockholm Fringe Fest mission is to shape a creative platform hosting artists from all over the world. Stoff welcomes the young, the old and everyone in between. The Festival is for those who want to explore, criticise, exchange, question, enjoy, be surprised and for those who simply want to be a part of a thrilling atmosphere where anything is possible.” The press release goes on to say “What slightly differentiates STOFF from a traditional Fringe Festival is that our current primary focus is on promoting performance theatre and installation art; the new, the innovative and the cutting edge. As STOFF grows we hope to be able to diversify further and become a fringe festival open for all forms of artistic expression.”
And that was true. There was lots going on. Some great, some, erm, a little too EdFringe Royal Mile woo-woo for my liking. If you have any idea what I am trying to describe, you’ll know exactly what I mean. Despite not wandering round in our pants throwing flour in each others faces, we did okay. Quite a few people came to make masks with us, not going to lie, it was a slow start, but by the end of the weekend we had loads of participants decorating their pre-designed masks. We had taken over the basement lobby with a group of artists sprawled across the floor doing their drawing and colouring in.
The procession was less en-masse than we had predicted, but we soldiered on with it nonetheless. All in all, we were delighted to have had our “Running with Wolves” project selected for inclusion in this year’s Stockholm Fringe Festival programme, sitting alongside some fantastic performances by artists, actors and provocateurs, as well as a one-night only performance by John Malkovich. Yes, that was a name drop. Watch it fly.
For your eyeballs, here’s more pictures of things we saw: