TONGUE FEST is an independent arts festival that  aims to reclaim the derelict site of Laurieston Arches to showcase emerging talent. Organised by the collective SO SOFT, the festival is took place on the 13th-17th of September, 2017, in the Laurieston Arches in the Southside of Glasgow.

The festival aims to explore the themes of language and body in an intermedia setting. We encouraged artists to interpret these themes in their own way, either focusing on one of the topics individually or exploring the connection between body and language. The core programme included an exhibition of visual and new media arts, and an evening of performance (this includes performance art, music, spoken word).

Laurieston Arches are unused railway arches developed by an arts organisation WAVEparticles in collaboration with New Gorbals Housing Association, Urban Union, Network Rail and Glasgow City Council. The venue is currently used as artist studios and exhibition space and has previously hosted exhibitions as “Twenty Five Percent Extra” and “Cahoot”.

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