Our work last year on the Titanic commemorations cemented brilliant relationships with Culture Liverpool and Liverpool City Council – so we were invited to propose some family-friendly arts workshops we could run as part of the 2012 Tall Ships Festival. These went so well that we were invited to come back again this year – for the three days of the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations, the weekend of the River Festival and the inaugural Liverpool International Music Festival.
Being involved with the first ever Liverpool International Music Festival was a really exciting experience – and, working once again in Sefton Park, we provided some magical workshops for over a thousand children, young people and families. Our enchanting interactive storytelling session, Jemima Diggory and the Wonderful World of Music, ran across the whole of the Bank Holiday weekend, whilst we also provided specific arts activities on each day.
Saturday was Beatles Day – and participants created their own Lollystick Beatles Theatres, choosing from one of four eras in the band’s existence.
On Sunday, the focus switched to World Music, so we invited families to create Junk Instruments – from South American Pan Pipes to Origami Shakers.
Pop was the theme for the Monday – and over 200 people took up the opportunity to explore Dada approaches and create their own lyrics!
For June’s River Festival, we designed two special workshops to tie in with the themes of “ships, fish and Liverpool’s maritime history”. So, over the two days of the festival, over 300 people joined us in …
Maritime Theatres - designing their own tropical fish – and making aquariums to keep them in …
Liverpool Memories - storing their best memories of Liverpool in beautifully designed boxes.
We were asked to explore two themes for the Battle of the Atlantic commemorations: signalling and naval hats. So, we came up with two activities – one seeing participants writing their names in semaphore and the other guiding them through a way of making an Admiral’s Bicorn Hat through origami. Hundreds of children (and quite a few adults!) went away with the newly conferred rank of Admiral – with the same number signing-in in semaphore. Artists working with the Unity Theatre worked with similar numbers of people over the three days, making sea-sticks, sea collages and mini-periscopes.
“It was great to see something that everyone could take part in. My daughter has severe learning disabilities – but this was something she could join in from start to finish!”
“Great activities – and all free - wow! The children have been really focused – and they’ve got some brilliant things to bring home with them!”
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