THE VERY GOOD FRIDAY AGREEMENT

February 14, 2019
The South looking North

On the 19th of April 2019 (Good Friday) Bill Drummond will be spending much of the day on the border between County Derry and County Donegal on the island of Ireland. This border is on the Culmore Road, just north Ballynagard and just south of a town called Muff. This is also considered to be on the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Bill Drummond will have with him forty freshly baked hot cross buns and a copy of the Good Friday Agreement.

Added to his copy of the Good Friday Agreement is an additional proposed clause. This proposed clause, if instigated, would become clause 20 of the NORTH/SOUTH MINISTERIAL section of STRAND TWO.

This clause would read:

If either the Government of Ireland or the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland were ever to instigate their own country leaving the European Union, both governments would guarantee that as long as the island of Ireland existed, the border crossing between County Derry and County Donegal on the Culmore Road, would remain freely open for all those that wished to cross it, in either direction.

The first forty folk to cross the border, on this particular Good Friday, will be invited by Drummond to read and consider this additional proposed clause to the Good Friday Agreement. They will then be invited to agree or disagree with the additional proposed clause. They will also be offered one of the freshly baked hot cross buns and a mug of tea.

Both John Hume and David Trimble will also be invited to cross this particular border on this particular day.

Once forty folk have responded to this invitation and all forty of the hot cross buns have been consumed, the count will begin. If more than twenty have voted in favour of the border between County Derry and County Donegal on the Culmore Road to remain open for all those that wish to cross it in either direction as long as the island of Ireland exists – then it will. The people will have spoken. The people will have made their choice.

An open border means an open border.

If invited, Bill Drummond may repeat this process at other border crossings between the north and south of Ireland, on subsequent Good Fridays.  Tenzing Scott Brown is writing a play based on these events on this coming Good Friday. The proposed title of this play is Forty Hot Cross Buns. This play will be performed sometime between the 9th and 14th of July 2018 in the city of Galway. The first draft of Act One of this play has already been written. It can be read by clicking HERE.

The North looking South

WHEN I DIE

January 24, 2019
When I Was Sixty Three still

On the 27th of January 2019 the 60th and final Sixty Second talk by Bill Drummond will go live on the site 60 Sixty Seconds

This final talk has the title When I Was 63

The first of these Sixty Seconds talks was made in December 2012 and had the title The Birth of Punk. Although the first to be conceived and written was Stockhausen & Little Richard.

And this is the Penkiln Burn Poster that marked the beginning of these talks:

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When I Was Sixty Three Still
Filmed and directed by Tracey Moberly

SEARCHING FOR THE MIRACULOUS

January 11, 2019

The Curfew Tower – 2019

The Curfew Tower

For the year of 2019 the artist’s residency in The Curfew Tower is being curated by the North American artists Elizabeth Withstandley and Westen Charles. They are based in Miami, Florida and are the co-founders of Locust Projects.

The title they have given for their year as curators of The Curfew Tower is SEARCHING FOR THE MIRACULOUS.

The Curfew Tower has acted as an artist’s residency since 2003.Since 2009 each year has been curated by a different set up.

These include:

2009: Void in Derry
2010: Catalyst Arts in Belfast
2011: Eastside Projects in Birmingham
2012: Static in Liverpool
2013: Spike Island in Bristol
2014: The Seamus Heaney Centre in Belfast
2015 / 2016: Nothing but Longing in Jerusalem
2017: Penthouse in Manchester
2018: Neu! Reekie! in Edinburgh

Below this is the Penkiln Burn Poster that proclaimed back in 2003 that The Curfew Tower was now to be set to work as an artist’s residency. Since then some things have evolved and changed, but there are still no curtains and no grants to be applied for but… the email address that you should contact if you need to know more is now admin@penkilnburn.com

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 The Curfew Tower by bonfire light