Here’s an invitation to a feast with a difference.
The FEAST celebrates Chinese food through film and music at a free public performance in Castle Street, Edinburgh on August 30 when Edinburgh band FOUND join forces with Chinese composer Kimho Ip to create music inspired by the sounds of preparing and cooking Dim Sum.
The idea comes from Kimho Ip, artistic director of iMAP (intercultural music and arts project) who has supported Leith Open Space events. Kimho uses music performance and workshops to create links between Chinese and Scottish communities. Now he is turning to food. “Food is fundamental to all of us,” he says, “Even if we speak different languages we all have to eat. Sharing a meal together is probably the best way people can begin to understand one another.”
That’s how Kimho came to be playing the traditional Chinese yang-chin alongside the artist/musicians FOUND while Alan Stockdale the drummer and film-maker captured images of Eric the chef cooking up Dim Sum in front of a hungry audience at Out of the Blue in the Old Drill Hall off Leith walk at the end of July.
The musicians were gathering raw material for the FEAST, sampling sounds, sights (and tastes) to turn into a street theatre event at The Eating Place market in Castle Street on August 30 at 6pm when Chinese cooking implements will magically turn into musical instruments. All for free.
FEAST is sponsored by Scottish Enterprise Edinburgh and Lothian and supported by Edinburgh City Centre Management Company. For more information see the FEAST website.
Thanks to Michelle from New Media Scotland for use of one of her pictures of the FEAST filming session at Out of the Blue – see more on Flickr