This weekend sees the closing of this year's Design Manchester Festival and to see the occassion out in style they're screening the brilliant Lost in Vagueness at The Refuge.
A film that charts the emergence of Glastonbury Festival’s most iconic and anarchic sideshow attraction, Lost in Vagueness follows its ingenious but occasionally self-destructive creator Roy Gurvitz.
It charts his emergence from a group of new age travelers who made Glastonbury a stomping ground in the eighties, to anarchic impresario, and on to a troubled creative force struggling to belong in a changing world.
The film combines exclusive footage of Lost Vagueness at the height of its hedonistic powers with in-depth interviews with Roy, his loyal but increasingly exasperated producer Leila Jones, Glastonbury stalwarts Michael and Emily Eavis and Melvin Benn, and artists including Suggs, Kate Tempest, Keith Allan, Fatboy Slim and legendary cabaret performer Mouse.
A post film chat with director Sofia Olins with DJs, performers and special guests from the subversive days of Lost Vagueness will discuss their own experiences of Lost Vagueness, the importance of art in protest, and how art and entertainment can challenge people in politics and play.
Also for the very first time unseen footage will be screened from Sofia’s 12 years filming at Lost Vagueness, plus protest art from The People Are Revolting, Design Manchester’s ongoing creative workshop inspired by Patrick Thomas and his book The Protest Stencil Toolkit.
The event is hosted by MC Jana Kennedy, one of the original Lost Vagueness Can Can girls, as featured in the film.
After the screening, the DM18 Closing Party will be hosted in the Refuge bar from 8pm.
DM18 x Lost in Vagueness at The Refuge
Saturday 20th October, 6pm
The Refuge, Oxford St, Manchester M60 7HA
0161 233 5151