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Hungry Nation – part 1: conversation

What to expect

Eat, listen and debate to find out how food poverty is related to us.

You might not be suffering from food poverty, but in Coventry, there are still people who struggle for food and experience being hungry in their daily life. 

Listen to our 10 storytellers, who have lived experience of being hungry or accessing emergency food banks, as they share their personal stories in a relaxed performance over lunch or dinner at Foleshill Community Centre – Coventry’s first and largest Social Supermarket.

Hungry Nation is an opportunity for us all to hear some of the key issues related to food poverty faced by Coventry people today. We’ll add to the collective’s solutions in a friendly debate and generate ideas for what must be changed.

Strike A Light have been working with Coventry participants to collectively create this performance together. Hungry Nation will culminate in April 2022 as part of Coventry UK City of Culture with a larger public performance that is co-curated with the participants. 

Co-produced by Coventry City of Culture Trust and Strike A Light. Supported by Spirit of 2012, Arts Council England, Strike A Light, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation and Feeding Coventry.

Image: Jo Newman

1 in 4 parents in the UK have skipped a meal as they cannot afford it

End Hunger UK

All ticket sales will go directly to Feeding Coventry, a small charity with big ambition: to create a food resilient city in Coventry where nobody goes hungry.

Where and when

Foleshill Community Centre

A community centre offering a hub for events, activities and other functions for the local population

Friday 3 December 2021, 1.30pm & 7pm

757 Foleshill Rd
Coventry
CV6 5HS

Practical details

This event will be captioned.

Together, we will discuss how to solve the key issues that many people in Coventry are facing today in a friendly debate over food.Headline topics include:

  • What are the root causes of food poverty in Coventry – and what are the local, and national, policy solutions?
  • What are the main barriers that people face when accessing food?
  • Should we have a right to food?
  • How can we work together to help people avoid becoming hungry?

Facilitator: Dr Jasber Singh, Associate Professor, Centre for Agroecology, Water and Resilience, Coventry University

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Bright Nights: Globoscope

What to expect

Head out on a magical night-time stroll through an illuminated landscape.

Pulsing, glowing orbs will transform Robinswood Hill into a multi-sensory light experience for all the family.

Available after dark!

⭐️ Completely FREE
⭐️ Great for all ages
⭐️ Grab some amazing photos!

Winter lights fantasy! Amazing sounds – esp Globoscope. Go check it out!

Audience member

Where and when

Robinswood Hill

A beautiful hilltop country park, and home to Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. Globoscope will cover the whole of the front of the hill – when you first go past the visitor centre and cafe. There is some parking available on site.

26-28 November 2021, 5pm-9pm

Robinswood Hill
Reservoir Road
Gloucester, GL4 6SX

Practical details

This event is completely free.

It is taking place on cold, dark winter evenings – so remember to come prepared!

Wrap up warm 🧣
You’ll probably want to wear wellies or other sturdy footwear 🥾
And it will be dark – so have your phone or your torch ready! 🔦

It is wheelchair accessible: there’s a smooth concrete path straight from the car park up the hillside (although the hill is steep and might be a bit slippy!)

Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust will have a range of activities to help you explore the site, and the café will be open for hot drinks and snacks.


We are pleased to be partnering with Global Streets – a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities. Gloucester is one of 12 places around the UK to be part of the Global Streets programme.

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‘I Remember When…’

Missed the live event? Watch the video of the evening!

Stories from the Windrush generation in Gloucester

Hear Elders from Gloucester tell their stories of life in the city – in the 1960s and today.

Featuring live music from a local band, free Caribbean food and a performance from spoken word artist and Bristol laureate Miles Chambers.

if you only hear one side of the story, you have no understanding at all

Chinua Achebe

Can’t make it to the event in-person? Watch the free livestream online! ▶️

There’s been really high demand for this event! And we know that, even if we still had tickets available, not everyone is able to attend events in-person. So we’re going to livestream the evening as well.

Let us know your email address and we’ll send you a link to watch the online video stream of the event – live from 6.30pm on Tues 2 November.

What to expect

Join us at the Guildhall for a celebratory evening of stories, film and spoken word – complete with live band and free Caribbean food.

The evening kicks off with a relaxed meal in the main hall. Grab a plate and take the chance to chat as the band gets started.

There’ll be live music while you eat, and then the lights will go down, the big screen will come on and you’ll have the opportunity to watch Elders from Gloucester tell their stories in short films.

The films will be interspersed with spoken word performances from fantastic poets, including Bristol laureate Miles Chambers.

Where and when

A photograph of the Gloucester Guildhall's The Hall space.

Gloucester Guildhall

Gloucester’s premiere music and performance venue, right in the middle of Eastgate Street.

Gloucester Guildhall
Eastgate Street
Gloucester, GL1 1NS

Practical details

The evening lasts 2 hours in total, including the food, the band, the filmed stories and the spoken word performances.

The Guildhall will be laid out ‘cabaret-style’, with chairs grouped around tables on the hall floor.

Food will be served from 6.30pm. The bar will also be open and serving drinks. You’re welcome to take food and drinks with you into the hall, for the band and the films.

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The Multi-Story Orchestra

🎼 Epic, stirring music
🤝 Performed with young people from Gloucester
🎻 And an entire live orchestra
🤫 In a huge hall at an unexpected venue

‘a joy to see!’ ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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What to expect

We’re transforming the giant sports hall at GL1 into a unique performance venue for one night only.

You’ll come in through a normal-looking leisure centre – but then our team will lead you down a side corridor, through a set of double doors…and you’ll step into a vast, dark space that will start to fill with incredible, stirring live music.

The music – called Our Future In Your Hands – will be performed by a full orchestra and will sound EPIC: big, dramatic, swelling, cinematic strings and voices that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up…

This is NOT a stuffy classical concert. The evening will be super relaxed:

  • the musicians perform in hoodies, jeans, trainers (not tuxedos)
  • you can grab a seat wherever you want – there’ll be mats down the front for kids to sit on if they want to get right up close
  • make as much noise as you like – clap, cheer, whistle. Dance, if you feel like it!

We’ve even managed to smuggle a bar into the sports hall. And you can eat and drink during the performance if you want.

Where and when

Fri 19 November 2021
6pm-7.15pm

GL1 leisure centre

GL1 Leisure Centre

A huge sports centre at the end of Eastgate Street. It’s only a few minutes’ walk from Gloucester Station or, if you’re driving, there’s a small car park at GL1, or there’s parking nearby in Eastgate or King’s Walk car parks. There are plenty of places to get food nearby if you want to grab dinner while you’re out.

GL1 Leisure Centre
Bruton Way
Gloucester, GL1 1DT

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

unique nights out trying new things stirring music inspirational young people incredibly skilled musicians immersive experiences events in unusual places violins?!

Practical details

The performance will start at 6pm, but you’re welcome to arrive any time from 5.30pm and grab a drink in the bar.

There are toilets on site and you can get up and move around, leave the hall etc any time you like during the performance.

It’s a big space so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

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Please note: Strike A Light will be taking photos at this event. These images will be used by Strike A Light to share news about our work, and to publicise our future events. Images may be used in press releases, printed publicity and published on Strike A Light’s social media pages. They will be stored securely and will be deleted once they are no longer needed. If you would prefer for you or your child not to be photographed, please speak to a member of our team. If you would like to see your images, or would like us to delete them, please email us on info@strikealightfestival.org.uk at any time.

A unique event. One night only. All welcome.

Our Future In Your Hands was commissioned by the Buxton International Festival, in collaboration with the Royal Over-Seas League.

This is a Genesis Kickstart Fund project, supported by the Genesis Foundation. The Multi-Story Orchestra are grateful to the following funders who have made this event possible:

Arts Council England
Borletti-Buitoni Trust
PRS Foundation
Granada Foundation
Britten Pears Foundation
John and Susan Bowers Fund
Marchus Trust
Thistle Trust
Three Monkies Trust

We’re grateful to Gloucestershire Academy of Music for the loan of music stands and chairs for the orchestra!

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‘I Stand For What I Stand On’: the tour

Feeling dismayed about the state of the world? Need a top-up on hope in the face of rapid climate change? These 4 brilliant Gloucester teenagers will give you a fresh sense of optimism.

👀 Come watch
👏 Show your support
🎧 Hear their take
💪 Get fired up
🌍 Maybe save the world?

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ – ‘inspiring’ (Epigram)

What to expect

I Stand For What I Stand On features a live cast of 4 young climate strikers from Gloucester and a digital cast of global young activists. The show is performed directly to each audience member through headphones with original sound and digital design.

Drawing on autobiographical experiences, a love of Harry Styles and ABBA, an extraordinary understanding of the climate crisis and using cardboard protest signs, I Stand For What I Stand On shares the young international cast’s thoughts and fears about the impending climate crisis and explores the reality of being a teenager and growing up in the shadow of the climate emergency.

This show was extraordinary! It was moving and inspiring. I’m so proud of this work and these young people

Audience member

The show is fully captioned for d/Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.

Age Guidance: 14+
Running time: 60 minutes

Such important work and some really moving moments

Viv Gordon, theatremaker

The biggest ever congratulations!! That was so incredible – we’re absolutely blown away and so grateful that it was live streamed so we could watch it!

Audience member

That was so, so powerful, thank you so much

Hetty Hodgson, theatremaker

The background

In 2019, Strike A Light met a group of striking young climate activists from Gloucester, shouting in the streets.

They were a small group of extraordinary young people aged 14-18. Protesting with banners and their voices. Shouting for their future and shouting in the wind. Shouting to survive. Shouting words of wisdom and shouting beautifully crafted speeches that would put many politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.

Strike A Light offered them some office space to hold their meetings and two years later, co-created a new live show with them. I Stand For What I Stand On is that show.

Tour dates

📍 Tobacco Factory, Bristol
🗓 13 Oct, 8pm

📍 Guildhall, Gloucester
🗓 27 Oct, 7.30pm

📍 COP26, Glasgow
🗓 5 Nov

📍 Warwick Arts Centre
🗓 Sun 7 Nov, 6.15pm

📍 The Pleasance Theatre, London
🗓 Sun 14 Nov, 4pm

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Outdoor VR dance in Matson: a GL4 event

It’s Matson roundabout…
…but not as you know it.

Lights, smoke, music and a VR journey through another world are touching down in GL4.

‘I just had the most awesome time,
it was amazing!’

Audience member
A picture of Matson Green. A Large tree stands proudly in the middle of the green. It is surrounded by estate buildings.

A totally unique experience.
2 nights only. Ages 13+.
Coming October 2021.

Watch

  • No ticket required – just turn up
  • You can stay as long as you like – there will be multiple performances
  • You can bring your own food and drink, and there’s a chip shop and newsagent right next to the venue
  • There’ll be music in between shows so you can hang out and chat

Or play

  • No experience or skills required – anyone can do it
  • (Although you must be at least 13 years old to play)
  • Players must arrive 30 mins before the start time to get instructions
  • You’ll join a group of 6-7 people and play for 10 minutes

How it works

As the sun starts going down on Friday night, Matson roundabout (the massive one on Matson Avenue) will be turned into a set for a unique event: an outdoor VR experience that anyone can play.

6 people at a time will be kitted out with VR headsets and gold jackets. You’ll be given instructions to follow – and then, as you explore the VR world, you’ll suddenly be dancing in the middle of Matson, in real life.

You can choose to take part and play, or to just watch. Each round lasts about 10 minutes. There will be multiple chances to see the show, between 6pm and 10pm.

If you want to be one of the players, please sign up for a slot. If you just want to watch the show, you can just turn up at Matson roundabout any time you like!

The whole event is completely free.

Where and when

Fri 1 and Sat 2 October 2021
from 6pm

Performance times

• 6pm • 6.45pm • 7.30pm • 8.15pm • 9pm • 9.45pm

Matson roundabout

A big open space in the middle of the Matson estate – perfect for gathering a crowd. And it’s right by the chippy.

Matson parade roundabout
Matson Avenue
Gloucester, GL4 6LL

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

unique nights out dance seeing places transformed VR smoke and lights immersive experiences trying something new gold coats?!

This is an outdoor, evening experience. It’s suitable for ages 7+ – but players must be 13+

Practical details

Each performance is about 10 minutes long. There will be a new set of people playing each time, so every show is different. You can stay and watch as many times as you like.

The whole event is completely free.

There won’t be seating at the roundabout, so bring a blanket or a coat if you want something to sit on!

It’s a big space so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

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Gloucester Presents… Fashion Show

What happens when you team up a group of local residents with incredible artists to come up with their own creative event?

Well, this…

The end product: Fashion Show 🤩🎉

Fashion Show @ Gloucester Rooftop Festival. 🎥 Fluxx Films

the community

Ambitions Dance
Local young people and volunteers

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the artists

Dani Harris-Walters sits on marble stairs looking down the camera lens.
Choreographer Dani Harris-Walters
Designer Valerie Simms
Producer Philippa Smith

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the idea

A choreographed fashion show using dance, wearable art and music to tell a story of a journey through time – beginning with the Windrush and ending with life as we know it today.

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Let Artists Be Artists – experiment sharing session

What is it?

A 1.5 hour online sharing session, reporting back on what we’ve learnt from the first few months of our ‘Let Artists Be Artists’ experiment.

This ‘industry sharing’ event is aimed at anyone interested in the idea of finding new ways to work with and support artists – in particular, organisations or individuals considering trying out a similar approach, testing out a new model for commissioning or reviewing how they work with artists.

The focus will be on sharing what we’ve learned so far, with three main goals in mind:

  1. to continue to be transparent in the whole process
  2. to hopefully make it easy for others to try out something similar for themselves
  3. to stimulate ongoing conversation about how to build a fairer, more adventurous arts industry

We will share:

  • How the project came about
  • The purpose of the experiment, but also the nuts and bolts of how it worked in practice
  • How we involved artists in its development
  • The recruitment process: how it was run, what worked and what didn’t (both from our perspective and that of artists)
  • The 3 appointed LABA artists will share their experiences so far
  • Specific resources and documentation from everything so far – everything from the overall project framework down to the Google Sheets and Apps Script we used to make shortlisting more manageable

Practical details and how to join

The session will take place online, via Zoom (live captioning available)

Places are free, but you do need to book in advance so that we have an idea of numbers! (You’re also welcome to make a donation towards our work if you’d like to!)

We will send out the Zoom link and joining information to all bookers closer to the date of the session (Weds 15 Sep)

Funders and partners

We’re so grateful to all of the organisations who are joining us to make this a reality:

Action Hero | The Arts Development Company | Bristol Ferment | Create Gloucestershire | GL4 | Gloucester Culture Trust | Jerwood Arts | MAYK | Pound Arts | Theatre Bristol | Theatre Orchard | Travelling Light Theatre Company | Trinity Bristol

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Outdoor circus (x2!) at the old bowling green

What to expect

‘Roll Up, Roll Up’ by Simple Cypher

Amazing, physically-impressive tricks performed with effortless agility – including a whole routine inside a massive, spinning steel ring known as a Cyr wheel.

Watch as the two performers build on each others’ moves, combining freestyle hip hop and b-boying with juggling and acrobatics to wow audiences of all ages.

‘Pirate Taxi’ by Pirates of the Carabina

Have you ever seen someone spinning, upside down, in a hoop, 20ft up in the air, balanced by their partner, on the ends of a see-sawing ladder, rotating on top of a car?

Sometimes serious, but more often funny, Pirate Taxi is a family-friendly circus show for adventurers of all ages. Enjoy incredible aerial performance on an incredible set – literally built in and on an old-school London taxi!

The funnest start to a Saturday afternoon in Gloucester, with 2 fantastic circus performances back-to-back!

“will delight, surprise and inspire the whole family”

Pirates of the Carabina review – Belinda Seeney

Where and when

Saturday 11 September 2021, 2pm

Greyfriars Bowling Green
Gloucester, GL1 1HT

The old bowling green 😮🤩

A hidden gem, tucked away in the middle of Gloucester. It’s normally locked up but we’ve got access specially for this event!

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

circus skills parkour impressive physical feats fun activities for kids family outings acrobatics people working together taxis?!

These are two shows that anyone can enjoy. The content is suitable for all ages. Even cynical teenagers will be impressed by the giant spinning wheel tricks or the balancing act on a 30ft scaffold.

Bring the family, or your mates, or just pop along on your own. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

Practical details and tickets

The two shows combined last about an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

An event like this would often cost £10-£15. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone! Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

There won’t be seating at the bowling green, so bring a chair or a blanket if you’d like something to sit on.

It’s a big space for 100 audience members so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

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‘Ripe’ – outdoor circus at the old bowling green

What to expect

A thoroughly entertaining half-hour performance from brilliant trapeze artist Tilly Lee-Kronick.

Ripe is Tilly’s own one-woman show: it’s funny, impressive and it’ll get you talking with your friends.

Grab a seat in a scenic outdoor space in the middle of Gloucester and enjoy the mix of circus skills, music, comedy…and a big banana costume 🍌

Tilly is a seriously skilled trapeze artist

“One of the funniest circus performances I have ever seen.”

Resolution Review – Siobhan Murphy

Where and when

Friday 3 September 2021
1.30pm and 7pm

The old bowling green 😮🤩

A hidden gem, tucked away in the middle of Gloucester. It’s normally locked up but we’ve got access specially for this event!

Greyfriars Bowling Green
Gloucester, GL1 1HT

Who will enjoy it

Great for anyone who likes:

circus skills comedy impressive physical feats fun activities for kids family outings feminism the unexpected bananas?!

This is genuinely a show that anyone can enjoy. It’s suitable for all ages. The trapeze tricks will wow you whether you’re 7 or 70, and there are clever themes, jokes and ideas woven in as well.

Bring the family, or your mates, or just pop along on your own. Absolutely everyone is welcome.

We’re putting on a daytime performance (1.30pm) so you can still come and see the show if it’s hard for you to get out in the evenings.

“Not just funny and original…thought-provoking, too.”

Audience member

Practical details and tickets

The show lasts about half an hour.

We want anyone to be able to come along – so we’ve made the tickets pay what you choose.

A show like this would often cost £7-£12. But we don’t want people to miss out because of price.

If you can’t afford anything at all, we’d love you to come along for free. If you can comfortably pay more than the suggested price, please consider doing so – generosity is good for everyone. Whatever your situation, we want you to be welcome. There are no favourites at our events: you’re all family to us 💖

There won’t be seating at the bowling green, so bring a chair or a blanket if you’d like something to sit on.

It’s a big space for 100 audience members so there’ll be plenty of room if you want to spread out from other people.

The show mostly happens high up on a trapeze – so you’ll be able to see, wherever where you sit!

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