Festival gets its own beer and introduces ‘pay what you can’
THERE’LL be a brand new, specially brewed Barnaby beer thanks to Macclesfield’s own Red Willow Brewery, who are donating the profits on cask sales to the festival.
It’ll be called Starry Messenger in line with the ‘Space’ theme and reflecting the title of a work by commissioned artist Bedwyr Williams, who’s also designed the monochrome pump clip.
Made to a new recipe the ale is currently maturing at Red Willow’s brewery and will be available next month at town centre pubs and Barnaby venues.
PAY WHAT YOU CAN
AS well as more than 60 free events at Barnaby which runs Friday 17 to Sunday 25 June, there’s a new category in this year’s programme.
Director Karl Wallace has introduced ‘Pay What You Can’ for events like the Gimp Twister Music Lounge and Street Treats on June 18 and 19.
This is a way of showing support for the festival generally and indicating which events you particularly enjoy – from bands like Hope and Social to entertainers like Poetry Takeaway and children’s theatre The Whale.
Try something new and pop a pound in the pot if you’d like more next time - as a Registered Charity we can also claim Gift Aid on what we raise.
OUT OF THIS WORLD WINDOWS
MORE than 20 town centre businesses have already signed up for the Barnaby Shop Window Competition on the theme ‘Space’. Standards will be high with previous winners like Macclesfield Eye Society and Roe 11 Hairdressing taking on new entrants Waterstone’s and Pizza Express. Hairdressers are the largest category with four competitors and for the first time there’s a butcher, N Carter & Co.
Chestergate has the greatest number of entrants, but there’s time for that to change before registration closes on Thursday, June 9.
There are cash prizes for creativity and getting the public involved as well as a new People’s Prize. Marks and Spencer staff have offered to share their window dressing skills and plan to run a training session with the aim of making Macc’s windows better for browsing all year round!
TREACLE STAR HUNT
DON’T miss a chance to win a free ticket for the incredible family theatre experience, The Astronomer’s Story (showing on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June) at Sunday’s Treacle Market.
To join the Star Hunt, pick up a clue from the Barnaby Kiosk in Market Place. More details about all Barnaby events and how to help as a volunteer at www. barnabyfestival.org.uk or pick up a brochure at the Visitor Information Centre, Library or railway station.
●● Barnaby Festival act Hope and Social