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Of Earth And Sky

Of Earth and Sky has arrived in Gloucester!

Check out the full map of locations – all the places around Gloucester to find the giant letters, words and poems.


Large white letters saying Of Earth and Sky in a field with views over Gloucestershire.

πŸ—“ from 24 August
πŸ“ various outdoor locations across Gloucester (socially distanced)
🎟 FREE!

A brand new creation from Luke Jerram – the artist behind the giant moon at Gloucester Cathedral

Of Earth and Sky has arrived in Gloucester!

Check out the full map of locations – all the places around Gloucester to find the giant letters, words and poems.

Keep an eye on #OfEarthAndSky to see people’s photos!



Sneak peeks

See what the people of Gloucester have got to say – written out in giant letters across 20+ locations!


What to expect

From early September, huge words will appear in more than 20 different outdoor spaces across Gloucester.

The giant letters will spell out individual words, short sentences and poems sent in by Gloucester residents – and picked out by Luke Jerram and local spoken word performer JPDL.

Some of the words will be chalked into the landscape (Cerne Abbas Giant-style). Others will be more like the Hollywood sign – tall, white letters standing in parks, fields and hillsides around the city.

The locations have been selected to ensure social distancing is possible at all times!


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Gloucester presents: White City x Conrad Murray x Lucy Wilcox

πŸ—“ August-November 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love. They’re making plans right now, and we’re excited to see what they come up with!

Who’s involved?

Dawn and Caroline from The Venture

Community producers: Dawn and Caroline

Dawn and Caroline have worked in their community for a combined total of 44 years. They co-manage The Venture: White City – a community-based adventure playground that supports local children and families. The Venture has a culture of community engagement and active participation from people of all ages.

Gloucester artist: Lucy Wilcox

Lucy is a fantastic choir leader based in Gloucester.

Conrad Murray leant against a wooden box wearing a red and white baseball jacket and red cap.

Touring artist: Conrad Murray

Conrad is an actor, writer, director, rapper, beatboxer, singer and theatre-maker, who has led the BAC Beatbox Academy since 2008 and made a host of five-star shows. Conrad has a long history with Gloucester: he was instrumental in setting up Beats in GL4; his shows Denmarked and High Rise eState of Mind have come to Matson, and Frankenstein raised the roof at the Rooftop Festival.

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings planned to take place at The Venture, White City.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of White City, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!

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Gloucester presents: Barton & Tredworth x Halima Malek

πŸ“… August-November 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love. They’re making plans right now, and we’re excited to see what they come up with!

Who’s involved?

Community producer: Aysha Randera

Aysha is a mum of 5 who runs Barton & Tredworth’s Friendship Cafe.

Halima Malek reading

Gloucester artist: Halima Malek

Halima Malek is a Gloucester-based artist and makeup artist whose parents originated from India. She uses words and poems to heal and express herself. She was one of several women invited to read for International Women’s Day at St Mary de Crypt church. She works closely with the Indian and Muslim communities in Gloucester.

Touring artist: TBC

We’re working with Aysha, Halima and the rest of the community participants to choose a touring artist to be part of this project right now!

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings planned to take place at the Friendship Cafe.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of Barton & Tredworth, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!

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Gloucester presents: Barton & Tredworth x Valerie Simms x Yomi Sode

πŸ—“ August-October 2020

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with a pair of incredible artists (one from Gloucester, one touring)? That’s what ‘Gloucester presents…’ will find out!

We put a community producer and two brilliant artists in a room together, with some money and some time, and asked them to dream up some creative events or activities that local residents would love. They’re making plans right now, and we’re excited to see what they come up with!

Who’s involved?

Michelle Macfarlaine

Community producer: Michelle Macfarlaine

Michelle is a hairdresser based in Barton & Tredworth, where she’s also involved with the running of the fantastic All Nations Community Centre.

Gloucester artist: Valerie Simms

Valerie has worked as a fashion designer in Gloucester and Gloucestershire, organising and participating in fashion exhibitions both as a performer and as a choreographer. She has also designed costumes for a wide range of local production organisations.

Touring artist: Yomi Sode

Yomi Sode is a Nigerian British writer, performer and facilitator. Shortlisted for a Jerwood Compton 2017 Poetry Fellowship, his show Coat has been programmed at the Southbank Centre, the Roundhouse and here in Gloucester to sold-out audiences.

His writing has been published in Rialto Magazine, Bare lit and 10: Poets of the New Generation.

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings planned to take place at the All Nations Community Centre.

Want to get involved?

If you’re a resident of Barton & Tredworth, we’d love for you to be part of these conversations. Just drop us a line!

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A giant, floating earth! Luke Jerram’s ‘Gaia’

πŸ—“ 13 October-1 November
πŸ“Œ Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 Tickets FREE – entry by donation


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What to expect

Gloucester Cathedral and Ecclesiastical Insurance Group are delighted to announce that Gaia will take up residence in the cathedral nave between Tuesday 13 October and Sunday 1 November 2020. 

A touring artwork by UK artist Luke Jerram, Gaia measures seven metres in diameter and features detailed NASA imagery of the Earth’s surface offering an extraordinary opportunity to see our home planet at scale.

A specially made surround sound composition by BAFTA award winning Composer Dan Jones is played alongside the sculpture. In Greek Mythology Gaia is the personification of the Earth.

This will be the second time that Luke has exhibited at the Cathedral following last year’s hugely popular Museum of the Moon which attracted over 70,000 visitors. Luke said: β€œIt’s an honour to present my work in Gloucester Cathedral again and wonderful that we’ve been able to programme it to coincide with my the poetry installation β€˜Of Earth and Sky’ whch will be installed across the city at the same time!”


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I Stand For What I Stand On

πŸ—“ 17 October
πŸ“Œ Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 Tickets FREE – entry by donation – but booking still required!

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What to expect

UKSCN Gloucester are working with director Anna Himali Howard to tell their story. The company will present a work-in-progress under Gaia in Gloucester Cathedral, written and created by Gloucester’s young climate activists.

They share their experience as teenagers trying to wake the world up to the climate crisis, and the power of imagining new futures. What can happen when they are truly heard?


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More info coming soon!

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The World Awakens

πŸ—“ 29 October, various times
πŸ“ Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
🎟 90 spaces per performance. Tickets FREE – entry by donation


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Step inside the huge hall at Gloucester Cathedral; walk underneath and stare up at a huge, floating planet Earth; then listen

The huge, floating Earth: ‘Gaia’

Car park classical music – The Multi-Story Orchestra (in pre-Covid times)


What to expect

The Multi-Story Orchestra (MSO) are famous around the world for performing beautiful, classical music…in high rise car parks around the UK.

The World Awakens is a ‘virtual performance’ of a brand new piece of music that MSO have made with pupils from schools in Gloucester.

It’s a digital orchestra – with each instrument and voice recorded separately, in people’s homes and schools, during isolation – and now all the parts are being combined together for the big finale.

Making the piece has involved The Multi-Story Orchestra, three opera soloists and a virtual choir formed of hundreds of young people and community groups from Gloucester and Southwark.

Join us on 29 October 2020 to hear the whole performance, and to watch a digital animation set to its soundtrack by Mary Martins.


Credits

The World Awakens is a brand-new work by composer Kate Whitley, with text by Laura Attridge. It is the final movement of Our Future In Your Hands – commissioned by Buxton International Festival and The Royal Over-Seas League.

Composer: Kate Whitley
Text: Laura Attridge 
Animation: Mary Martins
Sound Engineer: Steve Pycroft 

Soloists
Kate Royal: soprano
Sarah-Jane Lewis: soprano
Matthew Rose: bass

Commissioned by Buxton International Festival and The Royal Over-Seas League.

Funded by: Arts Council England, Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Esmee Fairburn Foundation, The Hilden Charitable Fund, John and Susan Bowers Fund, Southwark Music Service, Fitton Trust.


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This performance was created by The Multi-Story Orchestra in collaboration with Strike A Light – supported by Gloucester Cathedral and Gloucester Culture Trust.

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Fashion Show

πŸ—“ Date TBC
πŸ“Œ Venue TBC
🎟 Tickets TBC


What to expect

During October, the Co-Creating team will be producing a fashion show using dance, wearable art and music to tell a story of a journey through time. The show begins with the Windrush and ends with life as we know it today.

The show will feature work from Dani Harris-Walters (Choreographer), Gloucester-based youth dance group Ambitions, designer Valarie Simms, DJ and hairstylists Emanuel Bello and Michelle Macfarlaine – all directed and produced by Philippa Smith.

It’s a family event that will appeal to all ages. This is the group’s first ever creative fashion event and we plan to launch with a blast.


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The Telephone Plays

Created by Yolanda Mercy, The Telephone plays (working title), is a short audio story telling experience in which audiences pick up a phone and listen to a live performance of an audio play. 

Yolanda Mercy is a Writer and Performer for stage, screen and audio who works nationally and internationally. Over the past 2 years she has worked on projects in 8 countries and across 3 continents. She was named Artist to Watch by the British Council, part of the BBC Writersroom and her writing has featured in Huffington Post.

Yolanda brought her award winning play ‘Quarter Life Crisis’ to Gloucester in 2018.

πŸ—“ Dates:

  • Thursday 20 August

⏰ Times:

  • 6pm & 8pm (15 minutes)

πŸ’° FREE

This is a work in progress. Yolanda is looking for people to take part to help test her ideas to further develop the project.

Details on how to take part will be sent via the email you provide when booking your place. (Please note these may not be sent immediately on booking but will be sent ahead of the performance).

You will need access to a telephone (this can be a mobile phone or landline).

Any questions get in touch info@strikealightfestival.org.uk.

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Stella Workshops

You are invited to Zoom to the Moon with Stella, the Star Engineer. She’s the girl who lives on the Moon and it’s her job to keep all the stars shining up in the sky.

What to expect

This 40 minute workshop for families is based on Filskit Theatre’s show, Stella. The workshop will be hosted online by Hannah Thompson, the actress and aerialist who plays Stella.

It is a fun, interactive training session for any budding star and space enthusiasts. Be prepared to move, to laugh, to be a bit silly and maybe even wish upon a star. 

πŸ—“ Dates:

  • Wednesday 5 August: 3-6 year olds
  • Thursday 6 August: 7-9 year olds
  • Friday 7 August: All ages welcome

⏰ Times: 

  • All 2pm (40 minute workshop)

πŸ’° FREE


Workshops will take place on Zoom. There is limited capacity to make this a special, interactive experience. Each workshop is adapted to suit a specific age range with all ages welcome on 7 August.

Places are booked per household. So if you have more than one child taking part together you only need to book one ticket.

You will receive a Zoom link via email (the link will not be sent immediately after booking but will be sent ahead of the session).

If you’ve got any questions drop us an email info@strikealightfestival.org.uk


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