Local talent shares stage with world-class acts in Hampshire

An extraordinary programme of aerial performance, dance and theatre, curated by National Portfolio Organisation The Point, will animate Eastleigh on 11 June, showcasing companies whose development has been supported by The Point.

Eastleigh Unwrapped is a free day of live performance featuring Supported and Associate Artists of The Point alongside a remarkable line-up of world-class talent from around the country and beyond.

"We are really excited to see so many of our supported and associate artists taking part in the Festival this year," says Vicki Hargreaves, Dance Development Manager and Eastleigh Unwrapped Festival Director. "We are dedicated to offering opportunities for the creative industries in Eastleigh to grow and the Unwrapped Festival is a great performance platform for the artists we have been working with to showcase their work before it is shared with the wider world."

The Point’s Associate Artist scheme supports four artists or companies each year in becoming a part of the venue while supporting career development of those artists through providing excellent opportunities within an arts landscape, such as showcasing work at Eastleigh Unwrapped. An Associateship at The Point bridges the gap between training and industry development through providing rehearsal and office space, seed funding, and international touring networks.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, Arts Council England South West, says: “This event is a great showcase for talented, emerging artists and companies.

The Point is transforming the way that venues can help to develop and support creative talent and their innovative approach is nurturing a new generation of artists.

This year three Associate Artists and two Supported Artists from the venue form part of Eastleigh Unwrapped:

  • Joli Vyann returns to the Borough with two sensational new aerial-dance pieces;
  • Sole Rebel Tap presents dazzling, new production Spatterdash, developed at The Point throughout the year;
  • Luke Brown will take audiences on a magical journey down the royal red carpet;
  • ZoieLogic Dance Theatre will present new outdoor show RIDE;
  • Visual theatre company SharkLegs will debut their outdoor production Long, Broad and Sharpsight

This is the fourth Eastleigh Unwrapped and the event which takes place across the town centre is growing and evolving year on year with support from the Arts Council and Eastleigh Business Improvement District.

Visit www.eastleighunwrapped.com for more information. 

Image credit: Farrows Creatis


This article was written by Arts Council England