DLAF17 Artist Profile- Reverend Billy

This year's DLAF

TIME: 17.00
DATE: Sunday 20 August
VENUE: The Complex
FEE: €10 (or whatever you can afford)

For Dublin Live Art Festival 2017 Reverend Billy, the New York City based activist, performer and author, will be joined by members of The Stop Shopping Choir as well as some local homegrown vocal talents. Reverend Billy developed his outrageous character preaching on the streets of Times Square, and has since become an international activist figure. He and The Stop Shopping Choir, a radical performance community of singing New Yorkers directed by Savitri D, stage creative actions around the world. In collaboration with Irish based singers and performers, he will deliver an earth-shaking performance and creative action on the final day of this year’s festival. This is one event in our DLAF17 programme that you do not want to miss!


Entrance to Reverend Billy and The Stop Shopping Choir can be paid at the door.

Reverend Billy (aka Bill Talen) has spent the better part of 21st century preaching on the evils of consumerism and the crisis of The Earth.
Over the years The Stop Shopping Choir has performed in the lobbies of countless banks, The United States Congress, The Christmas Parade at Disneyland, and Monsanto’s corporate HQ as well as many popular theater, music and festival spaces. They move fluidly between protest and art, and perform with punk squatters, in museums and on stage with ‪Neil Young and are the subjects of multiple documentaries including Morgan Spurlock’s What Would Jesus Buy?

Reverend Billy started preaching in Times Square In 1998. His early message was a rallying cry against consumerism and the Disneyfication of NYC.  He very quickly became involved in the anti-globalization movement and The Stop Shopping Choir emerged (clapping!) from street actions and rallies. After Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Reverend Billy turned directly to The Climate Crisis and Earth Justice.