Event needs ideas out of this world

Macclesfield Express - - BUSINESS SME BUSINESS TIPS -

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 mail@barn­abyfes­ti­val.org.uk

Han­nah Young

●● One of the ac­tiv­i­ties at last year’s Barnaby Fes­ti­val. Now or­gan­is­ers are want­ing ideas for the next fes­ti­val on a space theme

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