Music Beyond Mainstream present Another Christmas; an alternative Christmas experience for people in the UK. Available to watch for FREE from 8pm on Thursday 16 December. 

Christmas is a complicated time of year. The warm, fuzzy, greeting card version of it does not necessarily align with people’s real life experiences and emotions.

Regardless of background, upbringing, or socio-economic status, the festive period is somewhat inescapable and means something different to everyone. In the media, it’s marketed as a time of plenty and excess with a pressure to consume and conform to societal expectations. Being bombarded with this one-way narrative leaves droves of people feeling isolated and excluded.

Another Christmas is a 25 minute innovative music-led film, featuring music from Mercury-nominated vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and producer ESKA singer-singwriter and composer Douglas Dare multi-instrumentalist songwriter Duke Garwood; Irish musician, singer and actorCamille O’Sullivan, as well as further musical input from Feargal Murray and Oliver Coates.

Classic tracks are completely reinterpreted alongside new and original material, resulting in something that is simultaneously familiar but also fresh and contemporary. 

Despite the initial idea being rooted in rebellion, ultimately this project is one driven and united by love, compassion, thoughtfulness and peace - just not wrapped up in mawkish sentimentality to flog chocolate. 

ANOTHER CHRISTMAS; an alternative Christmas experience for people in the UK commissioned by Music Beyond The Mainstream, with co-commissioners Coventry City of Culture Trust and Barbican Centre.‌

Available to watch online for FREE from 8pm on Thursday 16 December, via Music Beyond Mainstream YouTube channel.

Music Beyond Mainstream is a collaborative consortium of some of the UK’s leading venues working together to create distinctive standout programme content. Music Beyond Mainstream are B:Music, Basingstoke Anvil, Brighton Dome, Bristol Beacon, Edinburgh Usher Hall, Liverpool Phil, Manchester Bridgewater Hall, Nottingham Royal Concert Hall, Poole Lighthouse, Sage Gateshead and Warwick Arts Centre.

Commissioned by Music Beyond Mainstream

Co-commissioners Coventry City of Culture Trust and Barbican Centre

Presented in Coventry by Coventry City of Culture Trust

Film Maker - Samona Olanipekun
Dramaturg and Co-Creator - Patrick Eakin Young


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