Di­rec­tor will give fes­ti­val a boost


ANEW di­rec­tor has been ap­pointed to drive the town’s hugely pop­u­lar Barnaby Fes­ti­val.

Karl Wal­lace, who has been the brains be­hind count­less suc­cess­ful fes­ti­vals across the UK, will move to Mac­cles­field to take on his new role as fes­ti­val di­rec­tor for Barnaby 2016.

He said: “I am de­lighted to be join­ing Mac­cles­field Barnaby Fes­ti­val and to be re­lo­cat­ing to the town.

“Fes­ti­vals have a way of mak­ing you see the space where you live and work in a new light and Barnaby is no ex­cep­tion.

“What makes this festi- val so unique and ex­cit­ing is the way it brings the town to­gether to celebrate and en­gage in the arts. I am hop­ing that I can fur­ther de­velop this for 2016 to en­cour­age as many as pos­si­ble to get in­volved, and share their ideas”.

Lynne Jones, chair of the Trustees, added: “Karl was an out­stand­ing can­di­date and we’re re­ally ex­cited about hav­ing a di­rec­tor with his ex­pe­ri­ence and cre­ativ­ity.

“He com­pletely ‘gets’ Barnaby - its history, its grass­roots ori­gins, its quirk­i­ness - and shares our am­bi­tion for the fu­ture of the fes­ti­val and the town.”

The Barnaby Fes­ti­val is a fam­ily fes­ti­val of arts and cul­ture held in the town cen­tre over a pe­riod of two weeks. The not-for­profit event was first held in 2010 and in­cludes a mix of live events, street shows, com­edy per­for­mance, work­shops walks and talks.

It also in­cludes a Big Week­end, car­ni­val pa­rade and the art trail.

And artists are still in­vited to come up with some site spe­cific art­work which will be dis­played in and among the town’s her­itage build­ings, re­tail and dis­used spa­ces through­out the event.

The work must be based around the fes­ti­val’s 2016 theme of ‘space and place’, which is in­flu­enced by the Lovell Te­le­scope as well as the lack of for­mal art space in the town cen­tre.

A small num­ber of awards be­tween £300 and £1,000 will go to­wards the suc­cess­ful pro­pos­als, plus sup­port from the Barnaby Art team.

To ap­ply, send a writ­ten pro­posal, in­clud­ing de­tails of the pro­posed site, bud­get, and de­tails of any other com­mis­sions un­der­taken, to­gether with a state­ment of the artist’s prac­tice, a re­cent CV and up to five la­belled art­work im­ages.

Pro­pos­als should be emailed to art@barnaby fes­ti­val.org.uk by 5pm on Fri­day, July 17.

Last year the event at­tracted 13,000 peo­ple to the town, with more than 1,000 peo­ple tak­ing part in the car­ni­val pa­rade.

●● One of Sara’s pic­tures of the Egyp­tian col­lec­tion at West Park Mu­seum, Mac­cles­field

●● Karl Wal­lace is new Mac­cles­field Barnaby Fes­ti­val Di­rec­tor

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