The Year I Was Born

Thursday 9 February 2017

Part documentary, part theatre, Lola Arias’ compelling work The Year I Was Born explores the recollections of ten Chileans born under a dictatorship.

… which got us all thinking – do you know what was happening the year you were born? We ask some of our PIAF 2017 artists that very question.

I was born in 1989. The Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, the Game Boy was released, the Berlin Wall came down and The Simpsons was born. MARGARET GLASPY

I was born on a Saturday 27 May, 1972. Francis Ford Coppola's movie The Godfather was in the cinema and T.Rex 'Metal Guru' was number one in the UK. 1972 was the year that the digital watch came out. And the Frisbee, priced under a dollar was a popular toy. It was also the year of the Summer Olympics in West Germany. The event was overshadowed by the Munich Massacre in which eleven Israeli athletes and coaches and a German police officer were taken hostage and later killed by Palestinian terrorists named 'Black September'. SKYE EDWARDS from Skye & Ross

I was born in 1991. Freddie Mercury of Queen died, Nirvana released Nevermind, the film Thelma and Louise came out, blue roses were produced through genetic engineering, Tim Berners-Lee introduced the web browser. I don’t want to get into politics. ADRIANNE LENKER from Big Thief

I was born in 1975. Jaws was the blockbuster movie of the summer, and the Fall of Saigon also happened alongside Sony releasing the Betamax! KISHI BASHI

I was born in 1977, and the first socio-political event of that year which comes to mind is the Queen’s Silver Jubilee, which gives some indication of the precedence given to such anniversaries, as various other arguably more important events also happened that year. Musically The Sex Pistols released ‘Never Mind The Bollocks’ (including ‘God Save The Queen’) but I think if I am going to choose one event which signifies that year, especially in relation to Flit, it is the release of Bob Marley’s ‘Exodus’. Movement of people, it seems, has been going on for a while. MARTIN GREEN from Flit

I was born in 1969 – the year people walked on the moon and David Bowie released Space Oddity. So I've always known that other worlds are possible, and that they are accessed through the spectacular beauty of human vulnerability and endeavour. AMY SHARROCKS from Museum of Water