Fuse has announced some of the programme highlights for its fun-filled weekend of FREE outdoor arts – filling the streets of Medway with unexpected happenings between 15 and 17 June. Fuse will be presenting a huge array of theatre, dance and musical performances – from Indian circus, a medieval alchemist, 2 roving grannies through to nautical storytelling and even a floating festival choir! It’s a line-up for everyone to enjoy and which promises to bring people out onto the streets of Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham for fun and celebration.
Fuse kicks off with ‘Lighting the Fuse’ – a week of workshops and performances in schools and communities, including a rural tour of Whatever Floats Your Boat, a family show specially commissioned to the Central School of Speech & Drama. Then the river-themed Opening Parade on Gillingham High Street and site specific performances from the Central School of Speech and Drama and Tangled Feet lead into the main Festival.
Saturday 16th is Street Arts Day on Chatham High Street and the Riverside. The day culminates on the Great Lines (Gillingham) with Barricade, a circus extravaganza by No Fit State, co-commissioned by the festival. The Fuse Big Picnic rounds off the Festival on Sunday, with a day filled with family-oriented activities, workshops and performances at Rochester Castle Gardens.
A spectacular range of performers from the UK and around the world will be visiting this year’s Festival, making it one of the most exciting yet. These include Kawa Circus and the Jaipur Kawa Brass Band, all the way from India, No Fit State Circus with their exhilarating show Barricade, Dante or Die with their playful and enchanting promenade La Fille A la Mode and a new performance specially commissioned for the under-fives by Small Wonders– Little Universe, from Fevered Sleep. Two exciting river–themed performances come from local artists receiving Fuse’s Spark Commissions this year – Ri-zound, a floating festival choir project by renowned Jane Pitt and Changes in the Current, a celebration of the River Medwayand its history through dance, photography and the written word, presented by Sophie Fuller, Alix Godden and Rebecca Ashton.
FUSE Medway Festival is for everyone and will be making its presence felt across the weekend and in different locations with numerous opportunities to get involved, including dance, circus and theatre workshops and even a Dance flashmob on the Saturday.
The Festival is jointly funded by Medway Council and the National Lottery through the Arts Council England and runs from 15 – 17 June. For more information visit the website at www.fusefestival.org.uk, or join them on Facebook or Twitter.
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