Your Barn­aby vol­un­teer

Macclesfield Express - - MACCLESFIELD PEOPLE -

Name: Sylvia Reeves What is your role as part of Barn­aby fes­ti­val?: This is my third Barn­aby so for 2016 I have been in­volved in a va­ri­ety of roles. In ad­di­tion to my main role as artist li­ai­son with the Street Treats per­form­ers, I also helped as front of house at the Space School on the site of ‘La Lune’, stew­ard­ing a vis­ual arts dis­play and as­sist­ing with mar­ket­ing the fes­ti­val to ar­eas out­side Mac­cles­field. How did you first get in­volved with the fes­ti­val?: A chance meet­ing with Lynne Jones, the fes­ti­val Chair and an ex-work col­league, en­cour­aged me to be­come in­volved. I re­alised that vol­un­teer­ing for Barn­aby of­fered a great op­por­tu­nity to learn new skills while be­ing part of an amaz­ing com­mu­nity event. Even the bad weather in 2013 did not de­ter me and I have been keen to be part of Barn­aby ever since. Tell us more about the events you were in­volved with this year?: Street Treats: Two days of street en­ter­tain­ment over the first week­end around Mar­ket Place with Street Treats in­clud­ing com­edy, street dance, acro­bats and quirky chil­dren’s the­atre. Space school: Part of ‘La Lune’ at Christ Church aimed specif­i­cally at fam­i­lies, in­clud­ing hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties, space stim­u­la­tions and ex­per­i­ments, and also hu­manoid ro­bots on the agenda. Vis­ual Art: Barn­aby com­mis­sioned works from four crit­i­cally-ac­claimed artists and four lo­cal artists which were dis­played at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions through­out the town. Sculp­ture, draw­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and dig­i­tal an­i­ma­tion were but some of the fea­tures of the ‘Space’ themed vis­ual art pro­gramme. What’s been the big­gest chal­lenge so far?: The big­gest chal­lenge for me has been try­ing to en­gage the in­ter­est of sur­round­ing ar­eas and the wider com­mu­nity of Cheshire East. The mes­sage is clear – Barn­aby is for ev­ery­one so come and sup­port us and share the vi­brancy of the town dur­ing the fes­ti­val. What did you en­joy most about last year’s fes­ti­val?: At the last Barn­aby I en­joyed man­ag­ing the events that took place in and around St Michael’s Church, li­ais­ing with the per­form­ers and work­ing with the won­der­ful staff and church vol­un­teers. Also I should men­tion the weather, which was won­der­ful too. What were you look­ing for­ward to the most this year?: The pa­rade, which is the one event that brings ev­ery­one to the town cen­tre. This year’s theme ‘Out of this world’ in­cluded all kinds of weird crea­tures as gi­ant pup­pets, floats and cos­tumed Max­o­ni­ans. In line with the Space theme ev­ery­one was asked to bring a star. What’s the best thing about the fes­ti­val?: Barn­aby is a great show­case for lo­cal tal­ent which shows the town as a vi­brant place to live or visit. As a com­mu­nity event it of­fers some­thing for ev­ery­one and is a chance to cel­e­brate and have fun. What do you think the fes­ti­val has done for the town, and what would you wish for the fu­ture?: The fes­ti­val has put Mac­cles­field on the map, recog­nised and sup­ported by so many spon­sors, part­ners and lo­cal busi­ness and now at­tract­ing head­line acts to the town. My wish for the fu­ture is that Barn­aby will con­tinue to flour­ish and at­tract the help of the many vol­un­teers who play such an im­por­tant role in mak­ing it hap­pen. What have you learnt from your ex­pe­ri­ence as a vol­un­teer?: My ex­pe­ri­ence as a vol­un­teer has taught me many new skills such as event man­age­ment, lo­gis­tics and sched­ul­ing. It has shown me that vol­un­teer­ing is a very re­ward­ing and pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence. Above all it has en­abled me to make new friends and have a lot of fun. Vis­ual Art – At var­i­ous venues un­til Sun­day, June 26, 10am-4pm. Part of the Fes­ti­val Walk­ing Trail.

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