Welcome Royal Lord Project 2018

This was the second project undertaken by Charnwood Arts to create a link with this triennial festival and the community which supports it in the Southern Taiwanese fishing port of Donggang. 

BEAUTIFUL LIFE : MEMORY AND NOSTALGIA

Beautiful Life: Memory and Nostalgia was the second major collaboration between curator, artist and academic Ming Turner and Charnwood Arts and involved the creation of a programme of exhibitions and participatory work that took place in the UK and Taiwan. 

 

The exhibitions involved artists from the UK, Taiwan, India, Poland, Pakistan, Philipines, USA and Egypt and took place at the beautiful South Hill Park in Bracknell and Atkin's Gallery in Hinckley, UK and at Pier 2 Art District in Kaohsiung. 

 

CHARNWOOD GREAT WAR CENTENARY ARCHIVE 2014-2017

The Charnwood Great War Centenary Project Archive provides an online compilation of activities, projects and outputs between 2014 and 2017, realated to the commemoration of World War One across Charnwood.

 

BARE BONES BORDER MORRIS

Bare Bones Border Morris started in 1985 following a meeting of a group of friends in the pub who thought it seemed like a good idea!  After an initial practice period the side first danced out in public in summer 1986 and was still going strong in 2018! 

 

Many people have come and gone over the years but there are still a few original members.  The repertoire of dances has increased as members of the group have devised new ones but the kit they wear is still essentially the same as that originally worn, colours in Green, Red, Black and Yellow.  

 

QUESTIONS OF FAITH

This exhibition, commissioned by the Mayor of Charnwood, Councillor Mike Jones, in 2006  arose from an ongoing dialogue which is now over 50 years of multi-faith work in Charnwood borough. This area has a long tradition of taking a lead in what is rapidly becoming a more urgent series of debates around the country. What do we mean by faith? What does it mean to us personally when all the trappings of our cultural differences are stripped away? How can we get to the essential meanings which may unite us as human beings?

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. 

 

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.

 

'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".

 

DREAMERS LOUGHBOROUGH

Beyond Borders - A Sense of Belonging The images in this book originated as part of an East Midlands regional initiative between a number of arts organisations and academic partners. The initial programme was primarily funded through the Arts and Humanities Research Council and led by Loughborough University. It culminated in an exhibition at the Bonington Gallery in Nottingham.The wooden, painted panels, which are the subject of this book, were also exhibited at the Whitworth Gallery in Manchester.

DANCING TO MAKE THE SUN SHINE AND THE CROPS GROW

Every year as the 1st May approaches, Leicester Morrismen are busy preparing to be up at Old John in Bradgate Park, Charnwood, Leicestershire, to welcome in the sun !

 

Every year they make the pilgrimage to keep alive one of England’s oldest traditions, as they have done as a side for over half a century. Nobody knows how old the Morris is, since its origins are lost in history, but it has for centuries been linked with Mayday.

 

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