Ruta is a Manchester-based curator and founder of Art Vanguard. With a background of classical piano, Ruta has been part of various creative projects as a performer – from interactive audiovisual installation on human condition (Vilnius Culture Night, Lithuania) to building a European cabaret show in French Alps (FestiFai Veynes, France). Ruta has launched Art Vanguard in 2013 to provide a platform for artists to explore cross-artform creative collaboration, and this year Art Vanguard will be curating the Free For Arts Festival at Plant Noma in Northern Quarter on Saturday 3 March.
Free For Arts is a community festival passed on to a different art collective each year, and has previously focussed on visual arts. This year, the torch has been passed to a local collaborative arts producer Art Vanguard, building on this tradition to include performance arts to provide a vision of a #lifelessordinary for Manchester residents. Free to attend, audiences can expect captivating and original performances from celebrated artists hailing from Lithuania, Birmingham, and Manchester. Combining an array of visual art, dance, spoken word, theatre and film, the artists explore the thin veil of reality through themes of Fairytale, Dream, and Fantasy.
I’ll be talking to Ruta about this year’s Free For Arts Festival, about Art Vanguard, and about creative collaboration generally. And, of course, Ruta will be sharing her selections for this week’s Apocalypse Books.
Tune in on Saturday at 2pm on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).
Missed the show? You can catch it again here: