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National portfolio organisations join Latitude line up

  • Date: 7 June 2012
  • Area: London, South East

Arts Council National portfolio organisations will join headliners Bon Iver, Paul Weller and Elbow in the line up for this year's Latitude festival.

The festival, which runs from 12 - 15 July in Henham Park, Suffolk presents a programme of theatre, dance, literary readings, and visual arts alongside music and comedy.

Highlights from the programme on offer include a series of spectacular outdoor performances from The Lyric Hammersmith, Latitude, Greenwich + Docklands International Festival and Watford Palace Theatre. With performances taking place across the festival site throughout the weekend, the organisations will collaborate with the likes of RashDash, Nabokov and Les Enfants Terribles.

Battersea Arts Centre will also present a trio of shows: sell-out production The Paper Cinema's Odyssey - a visually beautiful puppet show told through cinema projection and cunning tricks; spoken word artist Kate Tempest's Brand New Ancients which will premiere at the theatre in September; and showcasing event Freshly Scratched which gives festival-goers the chance to take the stage.

Other theatre productions include a National Theatre: NT Connections presentation of Alice by Heart, a rock-musical adaptation of Alice in Wonderland by Tony-award winner Steven Sater and Grammy-award winner Duncan Sheik; and Company of Angel's The Commissioners which will see young people joining forces with professional playwrights to commission short rapid response plays around the question 'What Matters To You Now?'.

Dance also features highly on the bill as Sadler's Wells produce a programme of performances including the acclaimed The Most Incredible Things - a collaboration between the Pet Shop Boys and choreographer Javier De Frutos - and work from Candoco Dance Company, the UK's leading contemporary dance company of disabled and non-disabled dancers.

In addition to the performing arts programme, the Literary Arena will play host to some of the nation's favourite authors, journalists and talking heads as best-selling American author Siri Hustvedt shares the headlining spot with Iain Banks, and the Poetry Arena will feature the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Tony Harrison and John Cooper Clarke.

Classical musicians also join the line up of popular acts, including Aldeburgh Young Musicians whose debut of Exchanging Worlds will bring together 20 talented young musicians from the East of England.

Plus, the festival continues to offer a platform to contemporary artists as the Latitude Contemporary Art Award and Exhibition returns for its third year to showcase the work of five British artists within the festival site.

For more information and to view the full line up visit the Latitude Festival website.