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.