Oh Europa is a new collection of works that span a continent, re-imagining the ways we think about Europe.
In 2018, Action Hero moved out of their house and into a motorhome. Over 6 months, they drove 32,000km across 33 European countries. Along the way, they asked the people they met to sing them a love song. Detached from political posturing, hollow rhetoric and empty sound bites, Oh Europa cuts straight to the heart, offering an opportunity to hear ourselves emerge out of the white noise.
Action Hero are Gemma Paintin and James Stenhouse. Scrutinising the epic and the banal, they create performance that is intimate, distinctive and invigorating.
“Action Hero have, in a sense, changed Europe”
Postcards from the Edge (Drop-in Installation)
A network of 42 ‘beacons’ are broadcasting love songs 24/7 across the continent. Drop in to discover an alternative map of Europe as part of an installation running throughout the festival. Installation Launch Fri 26 Apr, see schedule for opening times throughout the festival.
Guided Tours (Free, Ticketed)
What’s love got to do with it? Book in for a guided tour of the motorhome and a whistle-stop tour around Europe. See the ticket link below for times and how to book.
RadiOh Europa (Drop-in Performance)
Broadcasting non-stop over 20 hours, Action Hero will play every love song they’ve recorded to date in a deep-listening party. Drop in to the live performance at Prime Studios, Fri 3 May, 10pm -12am and Sat 4 May, 12pm-6pm, or tune into the broadcast at oheuropa.com at anytime.
Sing Us A Love Song (Pop-up During Festival)
Find the motorhome around Leeds and add your voice to the collection. The motorhome will be in Victoria Gardens, Leeds. Tues 30 April, 12pm – 3pm.
OH EUROPA - GUIDED TOURS
Sat 27 - Sun 28 April (various 30 minute slots)
Co-produced with Farnham Maltings. Co-commissioned by Transform, Matchbox and Farnham Maltings. Supported by British Council, Watershed’s Pervasive Media Studio, Vooruit, Latitudes Contemporaines, Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, Anti Festival, Ördögkatlan Fesztivál, Interdisciplinarte, Romanian Association For Performing Arts and Bristol Old Vic Ferment.