As part of the 2010 Edinburgh Art Festival Expo Commission, the Confraternity of Neoflagellants are staging a ‘zombie walk’ and reception on Saturday the 7th of August. This involves a mash-up of Robert Burns’ Tam O’Shanter, The Party (starring Peter Sellers) (1968), Night of the Living Dead (1985) and The Fall’s Live at the Witch Trials (1979). A secret party is being held in the honour of Edinburgh’s ‘ghosts’, the living dead who wear historical costume for their work. At 11:00pm this Confraternity of Neoflagellants will assemble at the Scott Monument and walk through the City of Edinburgh, arriving at an undisclosed location before the midnight hour. Once there, they will cross the Styx to a wake. The after party will feature music and DJ sets as well as projections by artists currently exhibiting in ‘Avalon’ at The Embassy gallery in the Roxy Art House, Edinburgh. An Unco Site! is a psychogeographical work’s night out, a busman’s holiday that will create a confluence of professional historical actors, re-enactors and tour guides working in the City of Edinburgh – to allow them to meet and mingle and to share indulgences, resources and friendships.
Warlocks and witches in a dance:
Nae cotillon, brent new frae France,
But hornpipes, jigs, strathspeys, and reels,
Put life and mettle in their heels.
If you would like to participate or attend please contact the event producers:
An Unco Site! has three components:
1. ‘The Zombie Walk’ 11pm, Scott Monument, Saturday 7th August 2010.
2. ‘The Reception’ early hours of Sunday 8th August 2010.
3. ‘Investigating Premodern Futures’™ – Symposium, Monday 9th August in Inspace, University of Edinburgh, featuring a range of speakers on the subject of neomedievalism.