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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.

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


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



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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.

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.

What’s happening?

Fresh from the BBC’s adaptation of his smash show ‘Frankenstein’, beatboxer and Conrad Murray has teamed up with local legends Dawn and Caroline from the Venture and choir leader Lucy Wilcox to run singing and songwriting workshops in White City.

To wrap up the process, they’re producing an original song – which they’ll perform, record and share online. Watch this space!!

Where’s it happening?

There are community meetings and recording sessions 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: ‘SheSpoke’

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.

Who’s involved?

Community producer: Aysha Randera

Aysha is a mum of 5 who runs The Emma Willis Sewing Studio at Barton & Tredworth’s Friendship Cafe.

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.

Malaika Kegode

Touring artist: Malaika Kegode

Malaika is a poet, promoter and workshop facilitator; she is assistant producer for Blahblahblah, the longstanding poetry event at Bristol Old Vic, and is founder and director of Milk Poetry. She has performed around the UK at a number of celebrated venues, festivals and poetry events, including Tongue Fu, WOMAD, Boomtown Festival and BBC at the Edinburgh Festival. Photo credit: Chelsey Cliff

What’s happening?

Throughout history, both poems and textiles have been used as a place for recording information and for telling our stories. 

Over the past couple of months, a small group of women have been meeting for socially-distanced workshops, run by the brilliant Malaika Kegode and Halima Malek, learning together to find their voices and express themselves in poetry.

And now a sewing group, under the care of the amazing Aysha Randera from the Friendship CafΓ©, are turning those poems into a beautiful piece of textile work, which will be displayed as a banner in the centre of Gloucester.

There will also be an online reading of the poems that the group have produced so watch this space!

Where’s it happening?

Community meetings have been taking 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.

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.

What’s happening?

What’s it really like to live in Gloucester? What’s the best way to tell our stories – stories of everyday life?

Acclaimed poet and writer Yomi Sode has joined forces with local designer Valerie Simms and community producer Michelle Macfarlaine to host a unique talk show – where the guests are all Gloucester residents.

Together, the panel will share their experiences of life in the city. You’ll be able to watch the finished ‘episode’ online for free very soon. Watch this space!

Where’s it happening?

Community meetings and filming are taking 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
🎟 Day Time Tickets FREE – entry by donation
πŸ’° Evening Tickets Β£5 – all tickets need to be booked in advance


Location


Sneak peeks


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—“ Sat 17 October, 7:30pm
πŸ“Œ LIVE, in-person at Gloucester Cathedral, GL1 2LX
and πŸ’» LIVE-STREAMED on our YouTube channel

Booking information

🎟 In-person tickets are now SOLD OUT
but you can tune in to the livestream for free πŸ™ŒπŸŽ‰
No booking required – just keep an eye on our YouTube channel. Preview coming soon!


Location

The performance will be live-streamed on this site and on the Strike A Light YouTube channel.


Sneak peeks


What to expect

In 2019 Strike A Light met the Gloucester youth climate strikers.

We met them shouting in the streets.

They were a small group of extraordinary young people from Gloucester aged 13-17.

Protesting with banners and their voices.

Shouting for their future.

Shouting in the wind.

Shouting to survive.

Shouting words of wisdom and shouting speeches beautifully crafted that would put many politicians to shame, they were often met with abuse.

Over the last three months this small group have been meeting over Zoom and in person to create a new performance with director/writer Anna Himali Howard.

I Stand For What I Stand on.

This intimate performance, a work in progress, using ABBA, cardboard signs and their thoughts and fears about the current pandemic and the impending climate crisis will all be played out under Luke Jerram’s GAIA at Gloucester Cathedral.


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Please note:

  • This is a work-in-progress sharing and not a finished piece. We will invite you to share your thoughts with us to help with the development of the performance in the future.
  • The performance includes strong language which may not be suitable for younger children.
  • This performance will be live streamed on our YouTube channel.
  • Covid safe procedures will be in place. Further details will be sent in advance.

This event will be captioned using The Difference Engine.

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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 (must be booked in advance)


Location


Sneak peeks

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 by Mary Martins set to its soundtrack.


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.

Participating Schools:
Highnam C of E Primary Academy, Gloucester
Newent Community School, Gloucester
St Peter’s High School, Gloucester
Harris Primary Academy Peckham Park
John Donne Primary School, Peckham
Kender Primary School Lewisham
Peckham Academy of Music
Peckham Free School
St Thomas’ the Apostle School, Peckham


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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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