October 24, 2011

Critical Animals 2011 – Done and Dusted

We’ve had a few weeks now to recover (mostly), and to soak it all in, and it’s safe to say that Critical Animals 2011 was a hands-down success. We had diverse, challenging and thoroughly entertaining panels, rip-roaring ‘Nights at the Gun Bar’, and the most fun workshop ever had by anyone, anywhere (we think).

A wonderful surprise was the huge audience turnout – our venues were packed full of lovely folk contributing to passionate discussion, asking interesting questions and ultimately making Critical Animals everything that it aims to be about. Not even a torrential deluge and unsettlingly close lightening strikes could keep you lot at bay, so thank you all who came along, participated and became part of the Critical Animals family – you make it all worthwhile.

Huge gratitude goes out to our 2011 artists – to all those who travelled at their own cost, from far and wide, to join the conversation and to share their skills, talents and research. Thank you for your generosity – it was an honour to work with each and every one of you, and we can’t wait to see what amazing things you do next!

We must also say a huge thank you to our awesome venues and their staff who went far above and beyond. Thanks to Dean at The Royal Exchange for being so accommodating, keeping the place looking great and our sound running smoothly. Thanks also to Lance at The Lock Up for being the best problem-solver ever – we couldn’t have done it without you!

Thank you to our TINA family – to coordinator Eliza Adam and to the directors and staff of Crack Theatre Festival, Electrofringe and the National Young Writers Festival. We couldn’t ask for a more inspiring crew to be surrounded by, or a more amazing festival to be associated with.

Last, but not least, a massive thank you to our generous sponsors: Newcastle University, Macquarie University, University of Technology Sydney and Copyright Agency Limited, and thank you to everyone who has offered us support, advice, or has volunteered a helping hand.

It’s been swell, we miss you all already.

xo the CA team

PS: pics from the festival coming soon!!