Thursday, May 13, 2021 to Saturday, April 30, 2022


Venue: Online and Outdoors

Border Crossings’ ORIGINS Festival, the UK’s only large-scale multidisciplinary Festival of Indigenous arts and culture, will celebrate its seventh edition with an unprecedented and evolving year-long programme from leading Indigenous artists and thinkers. 

The 2021-22 Festival will offer an unprecedented and evolving year-long programme, transforming digital and physical spaces into vibrant sites of creative enquiry and performance by leading Indigenous artists and thinkers. As the Festival evolves, we will be moving to performance-based interventions in public spaces, drawing powerful links between Indigenous experience, local heritage and sustainability, asking urgent questions while respecting the time and space needed to stop and contemplate the answers.

Informed by a decade of Festival activity, ORIGINS 2021-22 arrives at a crucial moment for the planet. Covid-19 has clearly demonstrated the fragility of our way of life. Climate change, which shares many of Covid’s causes, poses an existential threat. #BlackLivesMatter has exposed the fundamental injustices that underpin the histories from which the globally dominant culture grew. These challenges are not only political and scientific, but fundamentally cultural, forming the three key themes that will lead the Festival’s journey of enquiry through the year ahead:

- Covid

- Climate Change

- Colonialism

Explore the Festival programme on the ORIGINS Festival website, with more to be revealed throughout the year. We will be making regular programme updates, so keep checking back. To recieve ORIGINS Festival programme updates straight to your inbox subscribe to our newsletter. 

We hope you will join us to experience another way of living.

The first phase of the Festival, ORIGINS WRITERS, is supported by Beyond the Spectacle.