• Chris O'Reilly

Bloom Monday back with a bang on 27 August

Following a successful debut last year, Bloom Monday is back to shake shake shake the Gothenburg Fringe on Monday 27 August.

A day full day of activities with themes such as personal challenges, audience engagement, urban transformation and art’s role in society provides a wonderful opportunity to share experiences as creative beings.

It doesn’t matter whether you are an artist, a producer, a dentist or a passionate theatre-goer, there will be inspiring workshops and sessions for everyone.

The idea for this day came from wanting to take care of the wonderful opportunities we have to meet and build our supportive platform, no matter if you are at the start, middle or end of a process.

All are welcome to take part and activities are free to join.

To register, please send an email to with the details of the sessions you wish to join and the number of participants. Please note that the numbers are limited for most sessions and will be given on a first come, first served basis.

The programme consists of the following eight sessions:

A taste of Gothenburg Fringe by Isabel Lagos

Venue: Teater Trixter

Time: 9:00-10:00 Themes: vision, space and process

An area full of history, a supportive artists’ community, great neighbourhood and a team full of inspiring ideas…Voilà Gothenburg Fringe!

The artistic director of Gothenburg Fringe, Isabel Lagos, will tell you the story and process of this venture. She will unveil some unique secrets about the venues, share her artistic vision and invite you to find your own treasure in your city!

Prime time, dance chance by Nga-Man

Venue: Oceanen (World dance company)

Time: 10:30-12:00

Themes: Movement, body language and energy

Nga-Man believes the body to be a philosophy and a history of your life since it records the way that you treat yourself. Rather than learning a dance routine, this lesson is more about how to shape your body perception though the repetition of simple movements, in order to discover what is hidden inside.

Relationship between the core energy and the whole body and its transmission from body to floor. You may be tired and sweaty in these 90mins,but you’ll find a way to communicate with yourself, which you might not have experienced before.

*Please wear comfortable cloths and bring a Yoga mat, towel and water. Please note that we will take our shoes and socks off during the session.

Find Our Treasure, in collaboration with the Festival Academy

Venue: Gathenhielmska Huset and Majorna

Time: 10:00-11:30

Themes: History, legends and artistic development

In the centre of Majorna lies an old house from the 18th century. It has been locked away from the locals for as long as people can remember. Some have even forgotten it is there. Now these doors have opened for us and the walls that long kept quiet are ready to speak. You are invited to explore its well-kept treasure.

Find Our Treasure is a dynamic activity through which you will delve into the Pirate’s House Gathenhielmska huset.

Each exploration of the Gathenhielmska huset will last approx. 20 minutes. You can choose from the following time slots:

First explorers: 10:15 am – 10:35 am Second explorers: 10:35 am – 10:55 am Third explorers: 10:55 am – 11:15 am

Urban Transformation in collaboration with the Festival Academy

Time: 11:30-12:30

Venue: Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater

Themes: Area development through arts, work with local community

With this session we would like to focus on how a cultural event - as the Gothenburg Fringe Festival in Majorna area - could positively affect the development of a city cultural industry and the rehabilitation of a specific urban area.

Young cultural management professionals, artists, city officials and general audience will have the chance to discuss all together on what impact has the fact of organising a cultural event for the environment, the artists’ local community and the audience.

Stories with Spine with Amelia Jane Hunter

Time: 12:40-14:00

Venue: Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater

Themes: Storytelling

We all have incredible stories to tell. Storytelling is what keeps culture and traditions alive and without it we would all be lost for words and wisdom.

Join Amelia in this 90-minute workshop to get inspired by her own experience in Berlin and start digging deep into your own story. The workshop will focus on skills for performance and writing and techniques employed to talk about themes, narrative and importance of expressing individuals stories.

Come and craft your story, bring it to surface, write it, remember it and share it in an intimate and supportive environment (optional).

All storytellers are welcome, from all walks of life: first timers, professionals, performers from all genres, diary writers, letter writers and those who simply have a story to tell…

Bloom Boom or Doom with Valerie David

Venue: Göteborgs Dramatiska Teater

Time: 14:15-15:45

What could be achieved through improvisation techniques on a personal and creative side that you haven't tested yet? With this session the award-winning, autobiographical one-woman show New York artist Valerie David will challenge herself and the participants for an hour full of theatre, humour, creativity and people feelings.

Valerie will discuss how improv used in everyday life can help you stay in the present moment, and how the power of improv and its mantra of saying "yes, and" is such a positive and powerful force in one's life.

*Wear comfortable clothes for a fun, improv workout full of laughter and cheer!

Access for success with Isabel Lagos

Venue: Gathenhielmska Huset 16:00 - 17:30 Themes: accessibility, new artforms and learning from each other

Working with accessibility and performance art is a great opportunity for developing new forms and ways of communicating with each other. In this session we will explore this aspect in relation to space, time and form.

In recent years we are experiencing a growing interest for accessibility and inclusiveness among the industry professionals but it is paramount that this dialogue opens and embraces the whole society so that we welcome everyone to come and share his/her own experience on this topic. It’s important that we help each other to find new ways of inclusion.

Cottage Cheese with the whole Fringe community!

Venue: Fringe cottage, Frigga

Time: 17:30 - until your mind drops

This is the perfect place to end this inspiring day, whether you’d like to wind down, chill and reflect - or indulge in more creative juices. The Fringe community welcomes you in our beloved, cosy and creative cottage.

Take care of your wishes and give yourself time to meet and muse. Pitch your idea, ask for support, give feedback or just meet and have a drink and some cottage cheese with us!

Get involved

Last year our house boomed, let’s make it explode on 27 August with fun, creativity, new horizons and shared ideas!

All sessions are free. For registration please email details of session/s and number of participants to:

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