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22 Jul 2011
FORESTRY CENTRE HOSTS A WEEKEND OF ART AND ENVIRONMENTAL ACTIVITIES
WITH BREATH OF FRESH AIR
Rosliston Forestry Centre will become a hub of
arts and environmental activity over the weekend of
22nd-24th July, as the national forest site
hosts its ‘Breath of Fresh Air’ Open Weekend. Visitors will be able
to enjoy a host of activities, performances and workshops, suitable
for the entire family.
The weekend begins with ‘Nightworld’ on the
22nd July, offering the chance to explore the night sky
and the wildlife after dark. Saturday 23rd and Sunday
24th July will see two promenade performances of
‘Midsummer Magic’ by 1623 Theatre Company, based on the works of
William Shakespeare, both taking place at 2:30pm. There will also
be collaborative workshops taking place with the Newhall Arts
Collective, running on the 23rd and 24th July
On top of all this fantastic activity,
visitors to Rosliston from the 23rd-27th July
will also be able to help create a newly commissioned work by
Michael Fairfax, building and presenting a camera obscura for
Rosliston. This construction will allow people an entirely new view
of the stunning surroundings at the Forestry Centre.
All of Saturday and Sunday’s activities are
free thanks to funding from Breath of Fresh Air, a region-wide
programme which aims to encourage more people to enjoy their local
environment and landscapes. The Nightworld event costs just £2.50
and can be booked from Rosliston Forestry Centre on 01283
Michael Fairfax said: ‘This event offers
people the opportunity to help create a new structure for admiring
the clouds and the sky with. The temporary shelter will also house
a camera obscura in the apex of the structure. This is your chance
to help make this construct and view the world differently.’
Breath of Fresh Air is part of Igniting
Ambition, a Cultural Olympiad programme in the East Midlands which
invests in projects and people that take the London 2012 Games as
their inspiration to create once-in-a-lifetime cultural
opportunities for audiences and communities. Igniting Ambition is
funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create
a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and
Paralympic Games, the European Regional Development Fund and the
East Midlands Development Agency, with the support of Arts Council
England and many others.
Matt Hinks, Arts Officer for South Derbyshire
County Council, said: ‘Funding from the Legacy Trust via the Breath
of Fresh Air partnership has enabled us to programme more
high-quality arts performances and activities at Rosliston Forestry
Centre, linking in with the Open Weekend from Friday 22 July to
Sunday 24 July. Highlights include the chance to help create a
Camera Obscura from natural materials with artist Michael Fairfax
and also a chance to experience promenade Shakespeare with the
award-winning 1623 Theatre Company.’
For more information, contact Rosliston
Forestry Centre on 01283 563483.
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