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Walk the Plank leads one of the ten teams selected to develop UK-wide festival of creativity in 2022

We're delighted to announce that we have won a significant commission to create a major national participatory event as part of Festival UK*2022, partnering with Siemens, National Parks UK, Extraordinary Bodies, University of Salford and Landscapes for Life: AONBs.

Festival UK* 2022 is a major UK-wide festival of creativity and innovation, is commissioning 10 major public engagement projects designed to reach millions, bring people together and showcase the UK’s creativity globally. The festival will take place in 2022 and each project will bring new opportunities for creative people in sectors that have been significantly impacted by COVID-19.

In September 2020, we were chosen by Festival UK* 2022 to undertake an R&D process, working with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and maths) partners on ideas for a UK-wide moment of inclusive mass participation.

Following the R&D and a rigorous assessment process,  the team’s creative idea is being commissioned to be taken into full production for next year’s Festival UK* 2022.

The project will be an experiment in lighting technology, environmental science, geo-tracking, mass participation, exploring the beauty of the UK outdoors and asking questions about access, taking part, landscape and the future of public spectacle.

Full details of all the teams’ festival commissions are being kept under wraps until the festival programme is announced, along with a new name, later this year.

The creative team includes John Wassell, Walk the Plank Creative Producer; freelance Lighting and Special Effects Designer: Richard Babington; freelance Theatremaker and multidisciplinary Artist: Danielle Carbon Wilson; Siemens: Robin Phillips, Annabel Ohene, Engineer, Nathaniel Fernandes, Engineer; National Parks UK: Alastair Barber; freelance Dance and Movement Specialist: Ruth Jones; freelance Creative Leader, Musician, and Facilitator: Pete Moser; Extraordinary Bodies: Jamie Beddard, Lead Artist.

The 10 major public engagement projects selected by Festival UK* 2022 are designed to reach millions and bring people together – both as participants and audiences. The festival is directed by Martin Green, who has an exemplary record leading major cultural events, including the London 2021 Olympic ceremony and Hull UK City of Culture 2017.

Read our full press release here.
Read: Festival UK 2022 response from WTP

“We’ve been working in public space worldwide for thirty years, from our base in Salford, making work that connects artists and communities.

This project offers an amazing opportunity to bring together the skills of artists and engineers, technicians, and thousands of participants across the UK. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for Walk the Plank and our partners to create something amazing.

Our project will invite people of all ages and cultures to a celebration of our landscapes and the lives within them. We consider them as places worth enjoying and protecting, for everyone, forever...”

John Wassell, Creative Producer and Co-founder of Walk the Plank

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