Picnic in the Park - 2018

The 2018 event featured five hours of music, dance, comedy and carnival delights, welcoming audiences old and new.  The main stage saw wonderful performances from Kelly's Heroes, Ska-Amanga and Maria's Singers and many others. East Midlands Caribbean Carnival Network also performed for a third year running with costumes, music, parade and dance. 

PICNIC IN THE PARK - 2017

The sun shone on the righteous this year as Picnic in the Park celebrated its 37th year! 

 

Charnwood Arts began this event with Rosebery Arts as a three day event back in 1980 and many hundreds of artists have graced Loughborough's beautiful Queen's Park since that date, including parades and performances in the town. 

 

GAMES TIME LOUGHBOROUGH

Games Time was a free, spectacular, live outdoor stage show combining music, video, fireworks, professional dancers and up to 160 members of the local community in each venue. 

 

Games Time took place across the East Midlands over the UK Olympic Games summer of 2012 - the dates were: 

Saturday 9 June - Loughborough, Southfields Park
Saturday 7 July - Northampton, Delapre Abbey Park
Saturday 22 September - Derby, Darley Park

 

MASHIRIKA

In just three months in 1994, one million people were murdered in the Rwandan genocide, when the government tried to wipe out the Tutsi minority. 

 

Twelve years on from this, Mashirika, an internationally experienced youth arts performance company , came to Rawlins Community College to share their art. 

 

LOUGHBOROUGH STREET FAIR - 2014

The original Fair Charter was granted to Loughborough in 1221 for an annual event held on the 31st of July. This was renewed and extended seven years later to cover three days around the Feast of St Peter.

 

A third Charter was granted a year later in 1228 by Henry III to Hugh Le Despenser, Lord of the Manor of Loughborough, and related to the Feast of All Souls. Changes to the calendar introduced in 1752 resulted in the loss of eleven days and the date of the fair became the 13th of November.

 

JANAM PERFORM 'MACHINE' ' at Fearon Hall

Charnwood Arts were privileged to host a performance and talk from pioneering street group Jana Natya Manch (Janam) from India at Fearon Hall in Loughborough in 2013.

 

Jana Natya Manch (People's Theatre Front; Janam for short, meaning "Birth") is a New Delhi-based amateur theatre company specializing in left-wing street theatre in Hindi. It was founded in 1973 by a group of Delhi's radical theatre amateurs, who sought to take theatre to the people. Theatre personality Safdar Hashmi is the best-known figure associated with the troupe. 

 

'SPELLBOUND' - DIWALI IN LEICESTER 2013

Every Autumn Leicester's Belgrave Road and Cossington Park Recreation Ground come alive with the celebration of the Indian festival of Diwali. In 2013 the production of 'Spellbound' by outdoor performance specialists 'Walk the Plank' brought the age old story of Sita and Rama to life.

 

Re-told through a mixture of shadow puppetry, live shadow performers, pyrotechnics, music, narration and spectacular fire sculptures the company electrified the thousands of people who came to watch. Diwali is also known as Deepavali and the "festival of lights".

 

FRUIT ROUTES HARVEST EVENT 2014

Fruit Routes is an artist led initiative created by Anne-Marie Culhane working with the Sustainability Team at Loughborough University. Fruit Routes started in 2011 as an invited proposal to RADAR (Loughborough University Arts). It was then passed on to the wider University. Fruit Routes aims to develop the university grounds as an edible landscape anchored around fruit tree planting, increasing the foraging opportunities on campus and sharing knowledge with the university and wider community through creative events, participation and mapping.

 

FRUIT ROUTES HARVEST EVENT 2013

The Fruit Routes Harvest Events in 2013 brought Fruit Routes together with the Landscaping and Gardening Society at the University under the title 'Eat Your Campus'.

 

PICNIC IN THE PARK - 2014

Charnwood Arts' 2014 Picnic in the Park set out to present two linked themes.

'Over By Christmas' set out to acknowledge the significance of the landmark Carillon building that stands at the heart of Queen's Park. With support from the Heritage Lottery Fund and working within the auspices of the Charnwood Great War Centenary Project, the newly created Tommy Atkin's Folk Band, Bill Brookman Productions and other guests provided an afternoon of entertainment under the ever watchful presence of the memorial to the fallen.

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