A collective of East and South East Asian artists are to present a digital performance project in response to a surge in hate crime during the Covid-19 crisis.
Supported by Arts Council England’s emergency fund, WeRNotVirus includes 10 newly commissioned stories delivered across art forms including film, poetry, dance and song exploring themes of race and identity.
WeRNotVirus has been organised in response to a widely reported surge in anti-Asian hate crime during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Directed by Jennifer Tang and Anthony Lau, the performances will be live streamed on Zoom on June 13 and 14.
Actor, filmmaker and activist Jennifer Lim said: "During a time when there has been a growing rise in hate crime against diasporic East and South East Asian people it is vital that we are given a platform to amplify our voice.
"Thanks to the Arts Council, who have recognised the pressing need to respond strongly and creatively, WeRNotVirus aims to kickstart a movement which helps to break down the mystery and fear by putting our stories out there and making our voices heard."
The event is presented by Moongate Productions – which is founded by Lim and Daniel York Loh – in association with the Omnibus Theatre in London.
The line-up of writers includes York Loh, Will Harris, Amber Hsu, Oladipo Agboluaje, Lucy Sheen, Enxi, Jimin Suh, Nemo Martin, Shaofan Wilson and J M Arrow. Performers are to be announced.
There will also be a panel discussion, with academics and activists rounding off the performances each day. Panelists include Diana Yeh, Sam Phan, Ash Kotak, Jessie Lau, Rosa Fong and York Loh.