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Friday 14 June and Saturday 15 June 2024

Slow Cooking Live

A Podcast-Video Art Experiment Inviting Artists With a History of Migration Who Work with Food-Making and Food-Sharing as Creative Tools

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Friday 14 June and Saturday 15 June 2024

“Food, culture, people and landscape are all absolutely inseparable.” -Anthony Bourdain

Join us for two special ‘An Evening with…’ style live events, with home-made food sharing and conversations with artists Selina Thompson and Toni-Dee on Friday 14 June and Sonia Sandhu on Saturday 15 June.

Hosted by Xavier de Sousa and video work directed by Richard Warburton, Slow Cooking Live is a live podcast-video art experiment, inviting artists who have a history of migration and also work with food-making and food-sharing as creative tools. Together, they will spend the day buying food from local markets and independent shops, cook together and then travel to Theatre in the Mill to share it all with you.  

Cooking recipes that are relevant to the guests’ own cultural background (or their favorite foods), Selina, Toni-Dee and Sonia will discuss the origins of the food, the impact on their communities and how they have incorporated it into their creative practices.

Food-sharing is an act deeply connected to our ideas of home, nourishment, and community. Whether we are following a recipe in our kitchens, watching cooking shows on our mobile phones, or sharing recipes with loved ones on phone calls, cooking can bring us closer to ourselves and others. However, historically the relationship between Western countries and food sharing has been one of colonial rule, often used to deprive Global South communities of their own produce and local resources, to enrich the colonial trade practices of the Global North. The lasting effects of the transatlantic theft of food and natural resources is today one of the biggest impacts on climate change.

Following this live event, an edited version will be uploaded and distributed via performingborders and Theatre in the Mill’s website and newsletters, and on this page.

Slow Cooking is a multi-dimensional project created by Xavier de Sousa and Richard Warburton, with the participation of artists ESTABRAK, Selina Thompson, Toni-Dee Paul, Sonia Sandhu, Rebecca Moradalizadeh, Guya, and Untethered Magic. Sound work and editing is led by Olive Mondegreen.

Slow Cooking is produced by Lee Smith and Production Managed by Lydia Tissier, with technical and space design support by Ivan Mack. Digital broadcasting by HowlRound Theatre Commons.

Commissioned and platformed by Theatre in the Mill and performingborders, broadcasted by HowlRound Theatre Commons, and supported by METAL Peterborough, Untethered Magic, A Leste Studio, CITEMOR Festival, The Uncultured, Migrant Projects CIC, Bradford University. Additional funding by Arts Council England.


Sonia Sandhu is a Bradford born & based chef, artist & creative producer. She brings her experiences of working across the charity sector with marginalised communities to her creative practice. Trained to gourmet standard vegan cookery, and inspired by food from her Indian heritage and travels, storytelling & connection through food informs her creative practice. She has worked on projects with Common Wealth Theatre Co, Marlborough Productions, BEACON, The Brick Box, Displace Yourself Theatre, Theatre in the Mill & Bradford Producing Hub. 

About HowlRound TV

HowlRound TV is a global, commons-based, peer-produced, open-access livestreaming and video archive project stewarded by the nonprofit HowlRound. HowlRound TV is a free and shared resource for live conversations and performances relevant to the world’s performing-arts and cultural fields. Its mission is to break geographic isolation, promote resource sharing, and develop our knowledge commons collectively. Anyone can participate in a community of peer organizations revolutionizing the flow of information, knowledge, and access in our field by becoming a producer and co-producing with us. Learn more by going to our participate page. For any other queries, email [email protected] or call Vijay Mathew at +1 917.686.3185 Signal. View the video archive of past events.

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