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LONDON DISPATCH
by Laura K. Jones



After 300,000,000 years, insects have arrived. In our consciousness at least, or so says the curator and ecologist Bridget Nicholls, director of something called Pestival and a woman with an undying fervor for all things insectoid. After much success at a smaller venue in 2006, Pestival was invited this year, by Jude Kelly, to take place in the Southbank Centre, of which she is artistic director. The festival’s mandate: to celebrate insects in art and, while it’s about it, to celebrate the art of being an insect.

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