Barn­aby show will be out of this world!

Macclesfield Express - - LIGHTNING SPECIAL - RHIANNON MCDOWALL

AWEEKEND of won­der­fully wacky and cre­ative events will kick-off this year’s hotly-an­tic­i­pated Barn­aby Fes­ti­val.

The 10-day bian­nual fes­ti­val – which cel­e­brates arts and cul­ture in the town – will run from Fri­day, June 17, un­til Sun­day, June 26, with dozens of ex­hi­bi­tions, events, per­for­mances and gigs tak­ing place around Mac­cles­field.

The car­ni­val pa­rade is ex­pected to be the star of this year’s fes­ti­val with thou­sands ex­pected to line the route to watch as colour­ful cos­tumes and flam­boy­ant floats pass through the town.

John Hartshorn, the pa­rade’s artis­tic di­rec­tor, said: “We’re thrilled with the in­ter­est this year – ev­ery­one from cubs, to pubs, to dance troupes and com­mu­nity groups have come to­gether to shape our star-span­gled pa­rade. I can’t wait.”

The theme for this year’s Barn­aby Fes­ti­val is ‘space’, and Mac­cles­field Com­mu­nity ArtS­pace, which or­gan­ises pa­rade, is also build­ing a gi­ant star which will be raised at the end of the fes­ti­val as part of the fam­ily event, La Lune.

The five-point star – which mea­sures more than 18ft across – is be­ing dec­o­rated by five dif­fer­ent com­mu­nity groups, in­clud­ing res­i­dents from the Hurds­field es­tate, chil­dren from Ash­grove ●» FES­TI­VAL high­lights in­clude:

●» For­mer BBC po­lit­i­cal ed­i­tor Nick Robinson will lead ‘Space for De­bate’ at the King Ed­ward Street chapel.

●» On Satur­day there will be a host of street entertainment in and around the mar­ket place.

●» John Bramwell – from I am Kloot – and Re­cre­ations – Sam School, Mac­cles­field Beavers, par­tic­i­pants in Brick Project at Park Lane un­der­pass and a group Duck­worth – will share the bill for a gig at St Michael’s.

●» Hope & So­cial (pic­tured on the front) are just one of the acts per­form­ing at the Gimp Twis­ter Lounge over the week­end. cel­e­brat­ing the lives of lost loved ones.

John added: “The gi­ant star is a unique project aimed at get­ting peo­ple in­volved cre­atively in the whole La Lune ad­ven­ture.

“The five points will be joined to­gether to make one enor­mous star, which will play a mag­i­cal part at ‘The Moon Rising’, a free outdoor event on Satur­day, June 24. It’s go­ing to be pretty spec­tac­u­lar see­ing it all come to­gether.”

Karl Wal­lace, fes­ti­val di­rec­tor, said: “The car­ni­val pa­rade has al­ways been cen­tral to the fes­ti­val, it epit­o­mises the Barn­aby ethos that en­gage­ment is at the heart of what we do. The pa­rade has grown year on year and it pro­vides an op­por­tu­nity to come to­gether as a com­mu­nity to cel­e­brate Mac­cles­field and have fun. Any­one is wel­come to join in, so long as they wear a ‘space’-themed cos­tume and make a noise. Strolling mu­si­cians, bands, street per­form­ers, choirs, dancers are es­pe­cially wel­come, as we want to be heard across the town as well as seen.

“If you en­joy watch­ing or tak­ing part in the pa­rade don’t for­get ‘ The Moon Rising’ the fol­low­ing Satur­day, which is another fes­ti­val spec­ta­cle for fam­i­lies. Some­thing very ex­cit­ing is go­ing to hap­pen, which you will have never seen be­fore in Macc so don’t miss it.”

The pa­rade is on Satur­day, June 18, at 1pm, start­ing at Mac­cles­field Town Hall in Mar­ket Place.

The Moon Rising takes place at Christ Church on Satur­day, June 25 at 8.45pm.

For more about join­ing the pa­rade, con­tact John Hartshorn at sam­ba­john1@ya­hoo. com.

●» Crowds en­joy Barn­aby Fes­ti­val; Polly Cook­son, Grace Cook­son and Poppy Sharp make stars; One of the pa­rade floats

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