Lune event set to be full of surprises
AFAMILY arts event group has announced its spell-binding plans for this year’s Barnaby Festival – and residents get first dibs on tickets.
Wild Rumpus is the social enterprise responsible for the Just So festival, an award-winning family festival that takes place at Rode Hall.
As part of this year’s Barnaby Festival, directors Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban, from Macclesfield, have come up with eight days of enthralling family entertainment based around ‘La Lune’.
‘The Astronomer’s Story’, which will take place in Christ Church and is the only ticketed part of the event, is an immersive theatrical adventure. It follows the story of an astronomer who brings the stars and the moon down to earth but needs the help of Macclesfield residents and visitors to send them back into the sky.
Additional events and activities planned across the eight days include an unusual observatory on the lawns of Christ Church and the mysterious ‘Roving Moon’ which will make its way across the rooftops.
Families are also invited to join in with the constellation of stars in the Carnival Parade and gather for the spectacular culmination of the ‘Moon Rising’.
Rowan, who set up Wild Rumpus with pal Sarah after meeting at a book club in Macclesfield, said: “We are thrilled to be telling the incredible story of La Lune in Macclesfield at Barnaby Festival in June.
“We’re asking the people of Macclesfield to fill our town with stars and to gather together for some beautiful and incredible moments.
“Look out for curious happenings in schools in the build up to the festival and stars and moons appearing just everywhere. Grab your cameras, phones, notebooks and sketchbooks and capture La Lune as it takes place.”
Karl Wallace, festival director, said: “This year our theme is ‘space’ in all its manifestations and we are delighted that Wild Rumpus, a company respected for the calibre and vision of its work, has agreed to produce La Lune for us. They have risen to the challenge and there will be lots for people to get involved in. It is a project that is especially for Macclesfield, made with and for our community. There is even a special discount for those that live in Macclesfield too.”
The Barnaby Festival runs from Friday, June 17, until Sunday, June 26, with The Astronomer’s story taking place on the 18th & 19th.
There are a limited amount of early bird tickets at a specially discounted price of £6 for residents. For tickets go to
●● Sarah Bird and Rowan Hoban have created La Luna as part of the Barnaby Festival