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A red shoe in a yellow box..

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Yesterday evening, Joachim Pfeufer arrived in Swansea from France for our Art’s Birthday celebrations. It’s truly amazing to have this legendary artist/architect/philosopher with us. On Thursday, at the heart of our celebrations Joachim will recreate the Poïpoïdrome, in what will be its eighth international re-creation. Over many cups of tea I listened, fascinated and admittedly sometimes confused, to Joachim and our own Swansea expert Barnaby Dicker, as they spoke about the Poipodrome as a space of collaboration, art, life, post-art, a series of rooms within rooms, a shop, a library, poetry, philosophy, a red shoe in a yellow box and how to make an omelette without cracking an egg.

Joachim showed us wonderful Fluxus art catalogues and the incredible list of artists and thinkers associated with this influential radical movement of artists, writers and composers including George Maciunas, Josef Beuys, Robert Filliou, and Yoko Ono.

Above all, whatever we make of it (and we can make of it what we want) the Poïpoïdrome is as Joachim said “an act of friendship”. In this spirit of openness we invite you to come and celebrate Art’s Birthday, to think what you want, to enjoy yourselves, to be surprised, challenged, to laugh and eat cake, meet artists, watch films and play party games, but above all let’s celebrate art.

 One day only! Come and celebrate.

Fairtrade Tea Party, 10am, Oxfam Bookshop, Castle Street, Swansea

Art’s Birthday Wales and Glynn Vivian Offsite, 1-7pm, YMCA, Kingsway, Swansea

Elysium Gallery from 7pm till late at the Cove Café, Castle Street, Swansea

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