HEBDEN BRIDGE HANDMADE PARADE?
Saturday, 17 November 2007
Anyone Interested in Creating a Hebden Bridge Handmade Parade?
Andrew Kim of Thingumajig Theatre is a puppet and mask artist recently from the States but has been living in Hebden Bridge for a year and a half now. He has told the Hebden Bridge Web that "As most of my work is taking shows and puppets elsewhere, I don't really feel like I have much of a connection here except as a place to get groceries and the occasional cappuccino. I've been thinking that I'd like to meet my new home through my art, you know, maybe put on a giant puppet and run through town or something. The other day, I found myself at the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival open meeting and found myself suggesting: How about having a parade as part of the festival kick-off?"
"So here's a little bit of what I'm thinking: What if we had a little handmade, alternative parade in Hebden Bridge which brings out all its funky, artsy nature. I bet lots of people here have some ridiculous costume, mask, giant puppet, stilts, musical instruments. On the simplest level, it can be just an opportunity for folks to bring what they already have and parade just for the hell of it. On a more involved level, this could mean finding a workshop space for a few weeks before, having a small staff of parade artists and having free or very cheap public workshops where anyone can show up and make their own parade costumes, giant puppets, stilts, banners, etc. Perhaps we send artists into the schools or interested community groups and help them make their own costumes and parade section. Or maybe not and it's more focused on adults (and their children) to play out.
"From my background in community merry-making in the States, these are some of my favourite values which I would suggest for thinking about this parade:
The parade would be on 28 June, 2008 - the day the Hebden Bridge Arts Festival opens. And this year's theme is: "Year of Language/Many Voices".
So what Andrew Kim is asking is this:
If there seems to be enough interest, he'll see about setting up a planning meeting and let people know about it.
Contact Andrew Kim at andrew (at) thingumajig.info
May Day Parade and Festival, Minneapolis