1 September 2021

September – News from Walk the Plank

Meet BODY — an unforgettable immersive experience & more news from Walk the Plank

Happy September! We hope you’ve had a brilliant summer.

We’ve enjoyed a jam-packed summer of outdoor arts events, learning, procession and more. Read on to see what we’ve been up to, what we’ve got planned for the rest of 2021 and more news from our team at Cobden Works in Salford.

Meet BODY. Inspired by anatomical science, BODY is an outdoor immersive journey through six different zones, mixing human biology with light, spectacular special effects, sound and fire. Designed for installation in the grounds of venues and museums, festivals or at any other event that inspires curiosity.

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NOW BOOKING: If you would like a tour of the installation or to discuss how BODY could work at your festival or venue get in touch. Find out more here.

See BODY in the flesh. Join us for the world premiere at the British Science Festival | Sept 8-11 | Book your free ticket here.

What we’ve been up to…

Festival of the Sea

July saw us launch the inaugural Festival of the Sea, as we set sail on a voyage of discovery through Grimsby’s future, present and past.

#FoSea celebrated work from talented local and national artists, free heritage walks, talks and a workplace engagement programme that connected to the town’s seafood processing sector.

Created in collaboration with The Culture HouseFestival of the Sea returns in 2022 to continue exploring Grimsby’s long-standing connection to the sea through free outdoor performances, cultural and heritage events. Discover more.

EU School of Participation

During July’s heatwave, we travelled to Coventry UK City of Culture, bringing together creative practitioners from Lithuania, Bulgaria and Coventry to work with families from Coventry’s diverse communities. The School was based at the newly refurbished Daimler Powerhouse, home to ImagineerHighly SprungMedia Mania and other cultural organisations. It was a pleasure to see these brilliant creatives collaborate for six days, before bringing movement, music, poetry and performance to Coventry’s canal basin for a final ‘scratch celebration’.

The following week, Liz Pugh travelled to Austria where the artistic and thematic focus for the final School, designed by participatory arts experts Uni-T Graz was an old industrial neighbourhood on the edge of Graz which is undergoing rapid change. ‘Urban Thresholds’ involved more than 30 practitioners from ten European countries coming together to dive deep into the socio-political layers of regeneration. The School was held during La Strada Festival and the three nights of presentation offered local residents and visitors the chance to experience verbatim theatre, soundscapes, performance, staged photography, and design.

Thank You Manchester!

We worked with Manchester City Council to bring a weekend of outdoor theatre, music, performance and colour to Manchester’s City Centre. Next summer we look forward to the return of Manchester Day!

THANK YOU MANCHESTER WEEKEND a festival in Manchester city centre to celebrate the re-opening of the city after the pandemic

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