Archiving Glastonbury Festival

Join us as we begin our collaboration with the Glastonbury Festival to archive the past, collect the present and work together on ways of documenting future festivals.

This year the V&A’s National Collection of the Performing Arts will be live at the festival as we collect and document one of the biggest cultural phenomena of our times.

We will take a journey through the rich collage of the festival landscape and encounter the extraordinary range of creativity in visual arts, scenography and live performances…

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Glastonbury: A Living Installation

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The last five days at Worthy Farm in Somerset were a midsummer night’s dream. With Friday’s empty slot on the Pyramid Stage remaining a mystery, the festival site was alive with rumour and expectation. Secret gigs and underground clubs were on everyone’s lips and despite the unsettling character of the festival’s micro-climate (blazing sunshine one moment […]

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‘Glastonbury : Land and Legend’ opens in Prague

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The fourth and final day of install was spent doing final tweaks before the doors opened at 7pm for the official opening of ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend.’ A final touch was added to the foyer – seven retro Czech TVs were set up to show footage of the rolling countryside on Worthy Farm, as well […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 3

Technicians in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery installing the infographic map

The third day of install saw the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery completely transformed! These distinctive blue chairs, the iconic image of PQ2015, greeted us from the gallery entrance. They have been suspended from a bridge which links the gallery to the medieval Bethlehem chapel on the opposite side of the courtyard. The graphics for the installation, […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 2

The Jaroslav Fragner Gallery is a hive of activity!

Day 2 passed in an exciting flurry of activity! On the technical side, Oli and Adam installed the projectors and the speakers in preparation for filling the gallery with sound and visuals tomorrow. The consumer unit, with all the switches marked in technical Czech, proved tricky to navigate at first, but the unswervingly helpful gallery […]

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Installing ‘Glastonbury: Land and Legend’ – Day 1

Jaroslav Fragner Gallery, Prague

After months of conversations, concept development, planning, filming, designing, and editing, the V&A has finally arrived in the beautiful Jaroslav Fragner gallery in Prague to install Glastonbury: Land and Legend as part of this year’s Prague Quadrennial. Sodja Lotker, Artistic Director of the Prague Quadrennial, initiated the SharedSpace: Music Weather Politics project back in 2011 and the […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 3, Politics

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Politics is the third and final theme of this year’s Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space. Alongside music and weather, it is conceptualised as an ‘invisible scenography’ by the Artistic Director of the Quadrennial, Sodja Lotker. Much like more traditional conceptions of design and space, politics profoundly shapes our environment and our behaviour within that […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 2, Weather

The Pyramid Stage at sunset © Helen Gush

Yesterday was the Winter Solstice: the shortest day of the year. We all feel it when the winter nights start drawing in and the days turn cold and grey. The weather changes what we choose to do with our free time, where we choose to go, how we choose to dress. Our streets change. They are […]

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Glastonbury Installation Series: Part 1, Music

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On 27 May 2015 the V&A’s installation on the Glastonbury Festival will open in the Jaroslav Fragner Gallery in Prague, Czech Republic. This will be the V&A’s contribution to the Prague Quadrennial of Performance Design and Space, taking place between 18 and 28 June 2015. The themes of this year’s Quadrennial are music, weather and […]

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Glastonbury Festival Pack Down…

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The happy revellers have left another great Glastonbury Festival and the pack down – theatre’s biggest ‘get out!’ – is over. Extremely organised site and production management oversee the de-install of the pop-up festival and the landscape re-emerges, ready for the return of the dairy cows. The pack down is an exciting time for the museum curators […]

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Glastonbury Festival Signs, Banners and Posters

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The Glastonbury Festival pay close attention to the small details in everything as well as masterminding the big picture. This can be seen in the careful, thoughtful presentation of words and graphics. The festival is rich in text and they enrich its character and connectivity with the audiences. Words to show you the way, make […]

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