The Polar Tombola

Conceived, produced and performed by Nancy Campbell

The Polar Tombola is a live literature event / art intervention onĀ endangered Arctic language and landscape. ItĀ introduces audiences to West Greenlandic (Kalaallisut) which has been assigned ‘vulnerable’ status in UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages in Danger. Players were asked ‘If you had to lose a word from your own language, what would it be?’

A catalogue, The Polar Tombola: A Book of Banished Words, published by Bird Editions, is available here.

Tour Schedule
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead: 18 June 2016
The Poetry Library, Southbank Centre, London: 16 October 2016
The Polar Museum, Cambridge: 29 October 2016
World Museum, Liverpool: 20 November 2016
Bristol Artists’ Book Event, Arnolfini, Bristol: 2 April 2017

Exhibition
Bower Ashton Library, Bristol: 4 September – 31 October 2017

The Polar Tombola tour and publication was made possible with generous support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.