Stel­lar suc­cess for Space

Macclesfield Express - - BARNABY FESTIVAL - KAREN BRITTON

BARN­ABY Fes­ti­val brought magic, mu­sic, sci­ence and won­der to Mac­cles­field to round off the best event yet.

Or­gan­is­ers say this year’s 10-day arts and cul­ture fes­ti­val, which this year had a Space theme, has been the most suc­cess­ful, with 12 sold-out shows and the big­gest au­di­ences.

Al­most 1,000 peo­ple gath­ered on Christ Church lawns at the week­end to see ‘ Moon Ris­ing’, the spell­bind­ing fi­nale of fam­ily events pro­gramme La Lune.

Barn­aby director Karl Wal­lace said: “Barn­aby 2016 has been the big­gest and bright­est with a record num­ber of sold­out shows, larger au­di­ences and more in­volve­ment from com­mu­nity groups.

“The in­cred­i­ble vol­un­teers have brought arts, cul­ture and sci­ence into the heart of the town and Max­o­ni­ans have loved it.

“We’re proud the fes­ti­val has be­come an at­trac­tion, with vis­i­tors pour­ing in. Macc once again proves it­self to be a cul­tural town with cre­ative en­deav­our puls­ing through its veins.”

High­lights of this year’s fes­ti­val have in­cluded a Space­pod Chal­lenge, where chil­dren and adults cre­ated pods which were dropped onto the Mar­ket Place cob­bles in front of an au­di­ence of over 100.

Only five of the eggs smashed and space writer and Robot Wars judge Dr Lucy Rogers se­lected a win­ner.

For the fi­nale, a huge ‘Com­mu­nity Star’ – made by mem­bers of arts group ArtSpace with groups in­clud­ing Ash­grove Pri­mary School and Mac­cles­field Beavers – was raised 28 me­ters into the air and flashed above the crowds.

An ‘Astronomer’ char­ac­ter on the top of the church tower asked the au­di­ence to chant the rhyme they heard at The Astronomer’s Story event the pre­vi­ous week­end.

A he­lio­sphere – an il­lu­mi­nated, in­flated bal­loon with an ac­ro­bat sus­pended be­low – emerged from be­hind Christ Church and chil­dren watched as the aerial dancer swooped down head first to touch their out­stretched hands.

Mac­cles­field’s first comic con­ven­tion Mac­cPOW! was packed with al­most 500 vis­i­tors and com­mu­nity project Yar­dens at the Reach Out and Re­cover premises had more than 800 peo­ple vis­it­ing the trans­formed yard which boasts ed­i­ble plants, hand­made fur­ni­ture and flower beds.

It was a bumper day for Trea­cle Mar­ket which ran ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a for­ag­ing work­shop.

There was a Brass Band Bo­nanza and free per­for­mance by Mac­cles­field Youth Brass Band at St Michael’s Church.

●● One of the many Barn­aby events which brought thou­sands of peo­ple to the cen­tre of Mac­cles­field

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