Fuse Medway Festival has announced the programme highlights destined to fill the streets and public spaces of Chatham, Rochester and Gillingham between 14 and 16 June. Just half an hour from London visitors to the festival can expect to experience the very best in international and UK outdoor arts – all for free. This year Fuse presents a huge array of theatre, music, dance and circus performances – from crazy and beautiful walkabout shows by day to aerial or circus spectaculars by night.
This year’s hand-picked line-up of inspiring and exciting events includes a curious fusion of steampunk and circus spectacular in a brand new piece from Lost in Translation Circus, Small Wonders’ 2nd commission for the Under-5s combining paint and dance Little Artist:Big Painting from Commotion Dance, lively Indo-Caribbean music, dance, song and storytelling in Kuljit Bhamra’s first piece for the outdoors, Chutney in the Street! and a breath-taking aerial performance of Mobile Homme – a human mobile suspended 100 feet above the crowd– from the internationally-acclaimed French company Transe Express , to name just a few.
3 exciting performances have been specially created for Fuse by local artists and will take place over the weekend. Dizzy O’Dare Presents…. will be bringing ‘The Wonderful World of Mr E,’ a lively show featuring puppets, clowning and story-telling and Mr E’s incredible ‘Museum’. Rebecca Ashton’s ‘The Sirens of Cetham’ will be a visually exciting dance performance and innovative writers’ group ME4Writers will be creating ‘The Wordshed’ – where the writers will create and launch a new collection of poetry and stories for Fuse Festival. And in a collaboration with London’s Central School of Speech and Drama, a performance created just for Fuse will be staged during the Festival – Obstinate Oswald and the Monster of Mud – which the students describe as ‘a fantastic fable of terrible fates for naughty children and difficult parents alike’.
Also don’t forget to check out Medway’s new art vending machine, CreataboX – developed by Creatabot! It will be on Chatham High Street, outside Central Theatre on June 15th 12pm – 4.45pm.
Fuse’s new Artistic Director, Megan Donnolley, says of this year’s highlights; ‘I’m thrilled to be working on such an exciting festival that is free, outdoor and accessible to all. The Saturday night spectacular at Rochester Castle from Transe Express is guaranteed to astound… one not to be missed! Created with and for, the people of Medway, this is your festival and we look forward to seeing you there.’
FUSE 2013 will take place from 14th to 16th June. It is supported by the Arts Council’s Grants for the Arts Scheme and Medway Council. For more information about Fuse Medway Festival visit the website at www.fusefestival.org.uk, or join them on Facebook or Twitter. For more information about Medway visit http://www.visitmedway.org or for Kent visit www.visitkent.co.uk