Parades and shows as curtain raises on culture festival

HIT IT: SO Percussion will play as part of the East Durham Creates programme.
HIT IT: SO Percussion will play as part of the East Durham Creates programme.

CULTURE vultures will be spoiled for choice as a festival prepares to make its debut.

More than 40 performances, exhibitions and events will run across 18 days in a bid to encourage investment, and bring the community together.

ART OF IT: The art lending library which will be visiting the East Durham Creates festival.

ART OF IT: The art lending library which will be visiting the East Durham Creates festival.

East Durham Creates Festival will run from Wednesday, October 29, and will include film screenings, parades, theatre shows, workshops, artist talks and heritage walks.

Specially-commissioned projects include an animated film by Dryden Goodwin based on his encounters with 12 people all with different skills involving their hands – from a tattoo artist, to cake decorating and horse handling. It will be screened at Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee.

Performers will include So Percussion, who will travel from Brooklyn for the event.

The programme has been put together by East Durham Creates, which was launched in May with the aim of giving people the chance to try out a new skill or experience and is set to run until summer of 2016, Festivals will be held in the spring and autumn of each year and draw on art, performance, music and theatre.

LOVE LISTENING: Love Letters Straight From Your Heart will be a cross between a wedding reception and radio programme.

LOVE LISTENING: Love Letters Straight From Your Heart will be a cross between a wedding reception and radio programme.

Joan Crump, its audience development and communications officer, said: “Everything on offer is inspired by the place, people, stories and heritage of the area, created by internationally-recognised artists working closely with local residents and developed in response to ideas, themes and priorities expressed during consultation with local people.”

East Durham Creates is managed by Beamish Museum, Forma and works in partnership with East Durham Trust.

It is supported by Durham County Council through East Durham Area Action Partnership and funded with Arts Council England Creative People and Places cash.

The festival programme is available to download at www.eastdurhamcreates.co.uk, or call (0191) 5185073.

GAME ON: A host of challenges will be set up as part of the East Durham Creates Festival.

GAME ON: A host of challenges will be set up as part of the East Durham Creates Festival.

Programme highlights:

l Dryden Goodwin’s animated film, Skill, features 12 local people and their talents.

Free outdoor screenings run at Castle Dene Shopping Centre, in Peterlee, from October 29-November 10, from 4.30pm-7pm.

l Games for Places will see a series of games installed in parks, near buildings and in other surprise locations around East Durham from October 29-November 15.

Locations include Apollo Pavilion in Peterlee, Easington Welfare Park, Greenhills Centre in Wheatley Hill, Horden Welfare Park and Shotton Community Centre.

l The Art Lending Library will be at Peterlee Methodist Church from noon-8pm from October 29-November 1 and at Thornley Community Centre from noon-8pm from November 13-16.

l A performance called Love Letters Straight From Your Heart, which includes the audience’s favourite songs and stories about people they love, runs on November 6 at Blackhall Community Centre, on November 7 at Easington Social Welfare Centre, on November 8 at Castle Eden Village Hall, all at 7.30pm.

l The Pan Hag Walks are based on the myths surrounding local food, such as panacalty, at secret locations at 11.30am on November 1 and November 8.

l People are asked to review the festival during an event at Shotton Hall, in Peterlee, from 4.30pm on November 1.