Performance art Day

by 52 Weeks of Art

The 30th October will see the first ever Performance Art Day in Lichfield. The event, which is free all day, will feature a number of happenings, performances and workshop opportunities around the city from 10 in the morning until the evening. The event will finish with a stunning free light show on the front of Lichfield Cathedral.

Performance Art Day will be centred around a number of free drop in performance art workshops at the Guildhall, between 10am until 2pm, featuring poetry, sound composition and story telling workshops. From 1.30pm – 3pm there will be an open art forum for people to come and discuss the activities of Lichfield’s new Arts Foundation. Then from 3pm there will be an hour of free performance and story telling featuring local people, students and performance artists.

Also on the day watch out around the city for spontaneous performances popping up and strange happenings taking place. Not everything is as it may seem – indeed you may encounter David Garrick asking you for directions!!

The event is delighted to include acclaimed storyteller Andy Hawkins, a professional and drama practitioner performing all over the United Kingdom. Over two full days he will work with young people developing skills in both storytelling and performance work using Litchfield as a source of inspiration, to create unique stories which weave the idea of people, place and landscape into crafted performance work.

Further to this well know Storyteller Chris Lowe will be spending time around the city centre trying to discover – “all things Garrick”.

“Performance Art Day is a perfect half term Saturday free fun event for all ages. The workshops are designed to give people a taste of differentperformance activities and to involve people in developing stories and memories of the city, as well as providing some alternative free entertainment and opportunities for young performers. Perhaps in addition members of the public who have performance skills will take will take it on themselves to join in the spirit of spontaneous performance and sing a song or recite a poem, or come to a workshop and develop a new skill.” Peter Walker, 52 Weeks of Art

The event will end with a stunning free light show on the front of the Cathedral. The projection artwork created by Andy McKeown will feature a kaleidoscopic light display of the Cathedrals stained glass windows. The projection which will begin at dusk is one of a number of large light shows being carried out in the city.

“We are delighted to be working with Peter Walker on this project. The West Front of the Cathedral is dramatic in daylight, in its own right. It will be exciting to see how dramatic it looks in the darkness, when images based around the Cathedral's window are projected onto it in the darkness'. Canon Pete Wilcox

Performance Art Day and the Cathedral In Lights are part of an arts project funded by Tesco. Anyone interested in the project should visit www.52weeksofart.com