FIPA – Foundation for Indian Performing Arts are an Essex based collective experienced in creating, performing and organising diverse arts and heritage projects. Commissioned by Essex Cultural Diversity Project in early 2015, their new work Junkiri is an outdoor art installation involving the Nepalese community in Thurrock.
Under the Artistic Direction of Hi Ching, FIPA plan to install a collection of interactive firefly sculptures in various town throughout Essex that can be lit up by an accompanying phone app. Each firefly represents a well-known member of the Nepalese community. An accompanying online oral history collection will be linked digitally to the sculptures, opening up the heritage and culture of the Gurkha community in Essex.