Deloitte Ignite festival returns for fourth year

Culture lovers staying in luxury London hotels may be interested in attending the Deloitte Ignite 2011 festival, taking place between September 2nd and 4th.

Returning for its fourth year, the contemporary arts festival has been curated by internationally renowned director Mike Figgis, famed for his work on Leaving Las Vegas and Internal Affairs.

The festival features performances and appearances from prolific Flamenco dancer Eva Yerbabuena, comedian Marc Thomas, pop artist Peter Blake and journalist Jon Snow.

Additionally, Mr Figgis will interview John Berger, Marina Abramovic, Paul Auster, Siri Hustvedt and David Lynch.

Daytime tickets are available for events from noon onwards, which will allow people to take part in the festivities for free, although booking is highly recommended.

Mike Figgis said: “When I was asked to curate Ignite it was clear to me that I should use the opportunity to share my own ideas with a wide group of contributors and try to create an environment where all the ideas could be aired under the loose heading of Just Tell The Truth.”

The event kicks off on Friday September 2nd, when Mr Figgis will explain the ideas and concepts that the festival will explore.

He will be joined by astrologer Shelley von Strunckel, composer Matthey Herbert and author Tristram Stuart.

This will be followed by a film showing, introduced by David Lynch, of John Cassavetes’s 1977 movie Opening Night.

The following day, journalist Alice Rawsthorn will host a series of performances and appearances, including jazz saxophonist Peter King, neuro-scientist Professor Vincent Walk and documentary film maker Emily James.

On the final day, Ms Rawsthorn will return alongside writer Bidisha, historian and sculptor Richard Wentworth, iconic artists Peter Blake and journalist Jon Snow, to interview Mr Figgis.

“Expect big themes and strong debate, as they present their provocations around the theme of truth,” explained the organisers.

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