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Lost in Vagueness

DM18 x Lost in Vagueness: film screening and DM18 Festival closing party

Saturday 20 October

The Refuge Basement
5.30pm till late

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The theme for Design Manchester’s 2018 Festival is DISRUPT. With a strong focus on protest art and art in politics, DM18 invited disruptors from all fields to share their stories, creativity and design, whilst we look anew at our own creative paths in the face of a gloomy mediated future. So, what better partner for the closing screening and party than Lost in Vagueness, a film charting the emergence of Glastonbury Festival’s most iconic and anarchic sideshow attraction and its ingenious but occasionally self-destructive creator Roy Gurvitz.

The debut feature film from director Sofia Olins traces Roy’s story through his emergence from a group of new age travellers who made Glastonbury a stomping ground in the eighties, to anarchic impresario, and on to a troubled creative force struggling to belong in a changing world. A post film chat with director Sofia Olins and guests will discuss their own experiences of Lost Vagueness, the importance of art in protest, and how art and entertainment can challenge people in politics and play.

From 8pm the DM18 x Lost in Vagueness closing party begins, with DJs, performers and special guests from the subversive days of Lost Vagueness. Also for the very first time, during the party, unseen footage will be screened from Sofia’s 12 years filming at Lost Vagueness, plus protest art from The People Are Revolting, Design Manchester’s ongoing creative workshop inspired by Patrick Thomas and his book The Protest Stencil Toolkit.

The event is hosted by MC Jana Kennedy, one of the original Lost Vagueness Can Can girls, as featured in the film.


Screening and DM18 closing party tickets: early bird £8, advance £10 (starts 6pm)
Closing Party Only: £5 (starts 8pm)

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5.30pm: doors
6pm: Lost in Vagueness Screening – introduced by the film’s director Sofia Olins
7.20pm: post screening Q&A, featuring Sofia Olins, led by Design Manchester Festival Director Fiona McGarva, with special guests to be announced.
8pm: DM18 x Lost in Vagueness closing party