Event needs ideas out of this world
THE organisers of the Barnaby festival are on the hunt for performers, inventors and big thinkers to come up with ‘live’ projects for the event.
The Barnaby Festival is a celebration of arts, culture and fun in Macclesfield and has been taking place since 2010, with the next event set for June 2016.
In the first open call of its kind, performers, inventors, film makers, food makers, heritage and arts organisations are invited to come up with ambitious ‘live’ projects for the festival.
The proposals must interpret the festival’s ‘space’ theme, from cosmic outer space to quiet inner space, alien invasions or exploring quirky and hidden spaces.
Karl Wallace, festival director, said: “Barnaby has always included fascinating and fun events and activities which have come from the imaginations of Maxonians. This time we’re encouraging people to go where Barnaby hasn’t gone before – with original proposals on the theme ‘space’.”
The whole 2016 festival programme will be on the space theme, inspired both by Jodrell Bank and Macclesfield’s historic nooks and crannies.
Karl added: “Space could be the subject of the event, but space could also be about the location for the event.
“For instance, maybe there’s an activity that brings the community together to tidy, celebrate or reclaim a space. A walking tour of secret spaces, an adventure using the town centre as a stage?
“Could your group transform a phone box into a library, turn shared yards into communal gardens, put five minute plays into unexpected places?”
The festival runs from Friday, June 17, to Sunday, June 26, 2016.
It will feature the usual mix of music, street shows, comedy, performance, film, walks and talks, as well as the hugely popular Carnival Parade which will take place on Saturday 18 June.
Successful live events proposals will take place alongside commissioned by the festival, including a unique, participatory event from Macclesfield based Wild Rumpus, community- engagement projects delivered by Macclesfield Community ArtSpace and an expanded music line-up all supported by Arts Council England.
Costed proposals for live events must be submitted by Friday, October 9. Further information, details of the selection criteria and the submission form are available on the Barnaby Festival website or from email@example.com
●● One of the activities at last year’s Barnaby Festival. Now organisers are wanting ideas for the next festival on a space theme