Lune event set to be full of sur­prises

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - RHI­AN­NON MCDOWALL

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

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