The Polar Tombola

Conceived, produced and performed by Nancy Campbell

The Polar Tombola is a live literature event / art intervention on¬†endangered Arctic language and landscape. It¬†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.

2016/2017 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

As part of Heritage Futures, Manchester Museum, 14 December 2018 – tbc 2019
Bower Ashton Library, Bristol: 4 September – 31 October 2017

The Polar Tombola 2016/2017 tour and publication was made possible with generous support from Arts Council England Grants for the Arts.