Festival in the Square


23 June 2018 | 11am – 7pm

Venue: The Square

Join us over this weekend and be part of The Great Get Together in honour of Jo Cox.

Join the Great Place: Lakes and Dales team in the Festival Square and get involved in an afternoon of cultural thrills and spills. Unleash your imagination and come and make some noise. Grab a drink and immerse yourself in arts, music and some good free fun. We want to know what you really think of living in the area, and if you don’t live here, why not? Young(ish!), creative and proud to live and work in the area?  Like being in front of the camera as well as behind it? We need poster posers to front our campaign, come and have a chat and we’ll take a pic – dogs and grown-ups welcome too!

Music, dance, poetry and street theatre for all the family! Join us for a fabulous day of workshops and performances bringing joy and vitality to the streets of Grassington compéred by dancer Nathan Geering, artistic director of hiphop theatre company Rationale.

Nathan began his dance career in 2002, training in America, China and Korea learning advanced techniques from world champion breakdance crews.

Be part of amazing street performances and watch spectacular visual theatre with Pif-Paf who will be exploring all things Bees and Pollination with their Bee Cart.

Bee Guides Bombus and Borage have left the Hive with the Bee Cart – their mobile world of interaction and surreal but true information exploring all things Bees and Pollination. Delve into the world of Bees, learn the pollen packing dance, the waggle dance and try out their Buzz Pollenator or their Flapper-Winger-Tronerators, meet a giant Varroa Mite, and maybe even get your nose pollinated! The Bee Cart is an exciting, accessible walkabout theatre piece for audiences of all ages and commissioned by The British Science Association.

Experience the world’s first and only mobile poetic first aid service with the Emergency Poet.

A mix of the serious, the therapeutic and the theatrical, the Emergency Poet offers consultations inside her ambulance and prescribes poems as cures. There are skulls, jars of eyeballs and other body parts inside the ambulance and in the waiting room under an attached awning Nurse Verse dispenses poemcetamols and other poetic pills and treatments from the poetry pharmacy.

Enjoy Circo Rum Ba Ba, an exuberant troupe of performers who fuse spectacular theatre with a diverse range of circus skills and disguise, who present to you L’Hotel; The only hotel to come to you!

The “smallest hotel in the world” is shrouded but watch as it comes alive: beds are made, tables laid, chamber maids roused, bell boys leap into action and finally the special guests arrive and are ushered up the red carpet to their luxury accommodation.

Be amazed by the talent of Mike Hancock who combines comedy, juggling, magic, manipulation and music with a food theme!

And sticking with the food theme, The Astro Chefs, bubbly and charming chefs, will be displaying their culinary skills in an act you have never seen before!

And we also have science experiments with Up Periscope and The Pentagon and a colourful upbeat roaming stilt show with The Rainbow Stilt Walkers.

Start your evening with Grassington-born Meghann Clancy. The songs of Meghann can be described in just one word: captivating. Featuring strong pop sensibilities delivered with charm, energy and heart, and drawing diverse influence from folk, country, pop and rock, she has been compared to the likes of Carole King, Katie Melua and Tori Amos.

Then enjoy a performance by talented singer Beth Armitage, followed by The Broomies, an electro-acoustic indie band from Otley.

The jam packed day will end with a headline performance by The Tenmours, a Folk Fusion band from Skipton with influences from both modern pop music and traditional Celtic music, creating a unique and exciting sound that will appeal to lovers of music of any genre.

The Schedule of the Day is as follows (subject to change):

Compéred by Nathan Geering

11am: Acro Chefs
11.15am: The Bee Cart
12noon: Mike Hancock
12.35pm: Circo Rum Ba Ba, L’Hotel
1pm: The Bee Cart
1.45pm: Acro Chefs
2pm: The Bee Cart
2.05pm: Mike Hancock
2.45pm: Acro Chefs
3pm: Circo Rum Ba Ba, L’Hotel
3.15pm: The Bee Cart

+ Up Periscope | The Rainbow Stilt Walkers | The Emergency Poet | The Pentagon | Magnetic Dr K

4.30pm: Meghann Clancy
4.45pm: Beth Armitage
5.30pm: The Broomies
6.15pm: The Tenmours



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