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THE UTOPIA OF HUGGING

As featured on:

RADIO 4 TODAY, 28.04.2006 HUGGING JOHN HUMPHRYS [audio]
RADIO 4 TODAY, letters and emails, 29.04.2006 audio clip
RADIO 5 LIVE, 28.04.2006
BBC NEWS BREAKFAST & BBC NEWS 24, 28.04.2006 article incl. video
BBC NEWS NOTTINGHAM, 02.05.2006 article incl. audio clip
BBC WORLD SERVICE, 01.05.2006
ITV NEWS, 30.04.2006

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A video of this event is online at: www.nottingham.world-hug-day.net/video

On Sunday the 30th April 2006 people in Nottingham took part in what is thought to be the first ever mass hugging event staged in Britain and part of the Gao Brothers’ global World Hug Day series of performances. More than 100 visitors gathered in the Arboretum where they were invited to hug a stranger for 15 minutes before joining in a group hug. The event was accompanied by choral music composed by J S Bach.

Commenting on the Nottingham event, the Gao Brothers said that the Britrish people had invented a new form of 'creative hugging'.

The performance was part of the Networking Artists' Network (NAN) event organised by Nottingham based artists' groups Stand Assembly and Reactor (special thanks to Dan Williamson and Niki Russell) with the financial support of AN-Magazine and the Arts Council of England.


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