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
A mural recently commissioned for Chatham High Street by the DNA project (Developing Neighbourhoods Approach) has given the go ahead to local artist Richard Jeferies.
Richard, from the Isle of Sheppey, is trained as an architect and has been running various creative workshops for over 10 years. He has been very involved with local arts projects, and is part of the team who developed the CreataboX art vending machine which will be launched at Fuse Festival 2013.
For the mural Richard hopes to bring a mix of art and recycling objects together for a unique display, which will be developed with a huge amount of help from the local community. The local community will also have the opportunity to develop ideas for the mural as well as actually make the mural. Richard also aims to create and launch the mural with events involving other creatives, including musicians and performers.
You can keep up to date with the development of the mural and call outs for help on Creatabot. For more details email firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration for the Medway Open Studios and Arts Festival closes on Friday 26 April. All artists and makers from the Medway area are being urged to sign up quickly and avoid missing out on being a part of this creative festival.
Now in its second year, the arts festival has increased by 100% since its launch in July 2012. This summer, 30 venues will be displaying work by more than 100 local artists and students, making it the largest independent art festival in Medway.
To encourage more artists to sign up a Makers Market option has been introduced, offering pitches inside the new emerging art venue, Sun Pier House. The art market will be open over the weekends of the festival, with various products and crafts on sale. Apply before Friday 26 April to book your place.
A unique theatre experience is taking place at Sun Pier House, Chatham, on the 19th May.
Entitled “Survived”, the event is described as “site responsive interactive theatre”, which means you as the audience get to walk around the performance taking place throughout the building, and engage with the performers.
Set in the distant present, Survived is a clinic for people who have survived a nuclear explosion and need treatment for their radiation poisoning caused by fallout. You, the visitor, are in this case, the patient needing help.
This is the perfect opportunity to see how empty space can be used for unique types of theatre, as well as an example of collaboration within the community. The event is aimed to be inspiring and educational.
Expect gas masks, steampunk and bizarre medical instruments.
Survival wear is optional.
There are two clinics, one at 7.30pm and one at 8.30pm. Each clinic lasts 45 minutes.
Embrace the handmade and personal trend that is sweeping the nation by visiting Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts taking place for the first time at the ExCeL, London from the 4-6 April.
With over 100 exhibitors offering the latest craft inspiration and advice; a selection of stunning Jane Austen costumes; Catwalk Fashion Shows; advice and top tips in the Sewing Hub and Knitting Parlour; a free programme of quick and easy workshops, talks, demonstrations and much more! To find out more details, please visit www.ichf.co.uk.
Creative Stitches & Hobbycrafts
4-6 April 2013
Adult £10.00 (£8.00 Advance Price)
Senior £9.00 (£7.00 Advance Price)
Children free if accompanied by an adult with a valid ticket, otherwise £5.00
All advanced tickets need to be ordered by 5pm Mon 1 April