Exhibition highlights city Gala

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FILMS showing a young boy and a pensioner performing a protest song are being screened as part of an exhibition to celebrate Durham Miners’ Gala.

The footage features Big Meetings and an exhibition of work by photographer Julian Germaine will also be on display at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery.

Julian was commissioned to chronicle last year’s Gala and the pieces he produced include video portraits of a nine-year-old boy singing The Red Flag and a 77-year-old man performing the song on a tuba.

The two films, which are shown side-by-side, encourage visitors to consider the changes to industry, culture, society and politics over the last three generations.

The exhibition is part of Brass: Durham International Festival and the film portraits are sponsored by ArtAV.

Lucy Jenkins, DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery exhibitions coordinator, said: “The two films are about the significance of working class identity and cultural traditions and their ties to a set of political beliefs at a time when only fragments remain of the industries that framed them.

“They also highlight how traditions and beliefs transfer between generations.”

The exhibition runs at the DLI Museum and Durham Art Gallery until Sunday, September 9, when it will move to other County Durham venues for viewing.