Igniting Ambition Festival 2011

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Igniting Ambition Festival 2011


Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 – Connecting Communities showcases a diverse range of projects that are being delivered across the three counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. It also features a region-wide programme presented by the Breath of Fresh Air partnership, celebrating the green spaces of the East Midlands. It is the fourth annual showcase created in the region for the Cultural Olympiad in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. It is made possible by funding from Legacy Trust UK and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), with support from many partners including Arts Council England, East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and the local authorities of the three counties. Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 has been created through the work of two partnerships: the three counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland and a number of environment agencies that make up the Breath of Fresh Air programme, led by Groundwork East Midlands. It also provides a platform for the innovative new work that has been created by emerging cultural organisations and small and medium enterprises based in the region and supported through our ERDF funded Creative Innovation programme.

The festival introduces a number of new exciting large-scale projects such as FLOW (p.11), Where the Winds Blow (p.10) and Unlocking the City (p.19). It will inspire artists to create new and ambitious projects and includes activities in unusual spaces. Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland are home to a diverse range of landscapes and communities, with a wealth of cultural practitioners and a growing number of creative companies, cultural institutions and festival activities. The partnership, which in Lincolnshire has been managed by creative consultancy cultural solutions UK, has invested in productions which demonstrate innovation, entrepreneurship and excellence and make connections across the three counties. Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 will provide new opportunities for local communities to participate, engage in and enjoy events. It will put the three counties and the East Midlands region firmly on the map as a key contributor to the UK Cultural Olympiad, inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Paul Brookes Creative Programmer, East Midlands

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Northamptonshire County Council

Northamptonshire County Council



CLIX is an innovative and exciting digital photography project that encourages participants to explore the values and themes of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012. Delivered through Northamptonshire’s Study Centres, CLIX will promote the county’s key cultural and sporting assets.

SHINE will celebrate Northamptonshire’s medieval heritage through its ancient and historic Grade I listed churches. It will provide an online repository of heritage information to include trails, photos, videos, music and stories connected with the church and its associated town or village. SHINE will culminate in Autumn 2011 with a series of outdoor illuminated events.

January – October Adrenalin Alley, Corby Northampton Saints Rugby Club Northampton Town Football Club Northamptonshire Cricket Club Rushden & Diamonds Football Club Silverstone Race Circuit Further information: www.clix-northamptonshire.com

March – October

Further information:



Earls Barton Northampton

Image: Hingy Lee

Oundle Rothwell Towcester

Image: Chris Denner

Groundwork East Midlands

Breath of Fresh Air The Breath of Fresh Air programme encourages local communities across the East Midlands to engage with their neighbours and environment through a range of activities, joining together and celebrating London 2012 to create a lasting legacy. All events and activities are open to everyone and the majority are free. 2 Igniting Ambition Festival 2011

Through funding secured by Breath of Fresh Air from Legacy Trust UK’s regional programme, Igniting Ambition, the ERDF and from Arts Council England, the programme of activities will involve site-specific artworks, festivals and community events.

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Fiori Musicali

cultural solutions UK

Mad About The Seasons

Lincolnshire Golden Threads

Mad About The Seasons is a digital arts project inspired by Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons and by the Northamptonshire poet John Clare.

The Lincolnshire Golden Threads will see the inaugural Poet Laureate work with the community, write monthly poems and perform at various events including The Lincoln Hay / Day and the Wolds Words Festival of Reading, Writing and Performance.

The project will fuse the traditional with the new to engage audiences with music and poetry; with themes such as sustainability, climate change and the rural and cultural heritage of Northamptonshire. Fiori Musicali will work with Monica Fernandez (film & photography), Patrick Bond (poetry), Julian Parfitt (environmentalist & photography), and Sean Clark (interactive arts) in an array of participative events and celebratory occasions. Saturday 21 May ICON, Daventry Saturday 23 July Empingham Church, Rutland Friday 28 October The Core, Corby Further information: www.mad-about-theseasons.com

The Lincoln Hay / Day is an exciting new partnership between The Telegraph Hay Festival in Wales and the Lincolnshire-based arts organisation cultural solutions UK. The one-day word feast sees international artists taking part in workshops, readings, talks, performances and panel discussions. Sunday 1 May, 12pm Red Arrows flying across the skies of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland to launch the Lincolnshire programme.

Unique Cottage Farm Studios

Lincoln Art Programme

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The Trivia of Eccentric England

Unique Cottage Farm Studios in Spalding is collaborating with 3D mixed media artist Carol Parker to work with diverse communities across Lincolnshire on a unique knitting project for the county. Colourful yarn bombing events will take place and a huge knitted athletics track will be created using natural, recycled and synthetic yarns along with innovative materials such as wire, glow in the dark thread and reflective yarn.

The Trivia of Eccentric England is a six month programme that explores the curiosities of society and history’s selective memory. It will see new artists’ commissions, talks and film screenings that actively explore the presence and role of eccentricity in today’s society.

May – October Poet Laureate Saturday 28 May Lincoln Hay / Day The Collection, Lincoln Further information: www.culturalsolutions. co.uk www.lincolndrillhall.com Image: Finn Beales

The spectacular finished piece will be exhibited across Lincolnshire. May – July Across Lincolnshire Further information:

The programme brings together internationally renowned artists to reacquaint people with a forgotten side of life, as it highlights the obscure and trivial undertakings of the British nations. May – October Further information: www.lincolnartprogramme.co.uk Image: Anthony Schrag

www.knit2getherlincs.wordpress.com Image: Knit2gether

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Martin Griffiths

The Collection

First Light On Tour

The Charter of the Forest

First Light On Tour will see new sculpture installations which channel natural light and tour venues and festivals across Lincolnshire, connecting communities from north to south.

The Charter of the Forest is a visual art response to the 1217 historic document of the same name held at Lincoln Castle. The project includes drawing, painting, film, installation, photography, sound art, sculpture and live-art events. The Charter of the Forest will take place in Summer 2011 at The Collection, Usher Gallery and Chambers Farm Wood to celebrate the significant role that this document had in the making of English history and how issues of woodland and forest still prevail to this day.

The vertical emphasis of the installations expresses human aspiration in all fields, which will be shared through a series of creative workshops involving young people. They will explore the benefits of light as a modern art medium that can give transforming experiences of uplift, confidence and wellbeing. Sunday 1 – Saturday 28 May Boston Stump, Boston including 8 May concert with Fiori Musicali Wednesday 1 – Thursday 30 June All Saints Church, Nocton Thursday 14 – Sunday 17 July St. Mary’s Church, Marshchapel (Marshchapel Arts Festival)

Friday 27 May – Sunday 4 September The Collection and Usher Gallery August Chambers Farm Wood near Wragby Further information: www.thecollection.lincoln.museum www.thecollectionlincoln.org

Saturday 3 September – Saturday 10 December 20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Scunthorpe Wednesday 26 October – Wednesday 9 November St. Denys Church, Sleaford (Sleaford Arts Festival)


Sa Fire Festival

Further information: www.martingriffiths.net Image: Martin Griffiths

Saturday 28 May Lincoln Saturday 16 July Branston Saturday 1 October Metheringham Friday 28 October Sleaford

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Further information: www.artsNK.org Image: Jane Harrison

The Sa Fire Festival is a sequence of four spectacular events in villages along the Spires & Steeples Arts and Heritage trail. It will dramatically tell the area’s story through large scale sculptures, pyrotechnics, light installations, video, drama, dance and music. The opening ceremony in Lincoln will unleash the impish spirit of creativity which will dance through North Kesteven, culminating in the Sleaford showcase finale bringing together hundreds of residents revealing their creative achievements.

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Silverstone Circuits


The Formula Fashion project will combine the region’s excellence in leather craft with its rich motorsport heritage. Designers will produce artworks inspired by motorsport and using leather as the primary material. Commissioned designers will impart their leather craft and artistic expertise to schools, colleges and university students through a series of workshops. Artworks will be launched and displayed at three major events at Silverstone Circuit before being toured around various venues in the region.

The Labours: An Astronomical Dance takes inspiration from Greek mythology, the night sky and local histories. Through performance, text and digital media, US-based artists Mark Jeffery and Judd Morrissey will explore the past labours and future ambitions of the people of Lincolnshire. The work will culminate in a live choreographic event to coincide with the summer solstice, creating a human celestial map across the city of Lincoln.

Formula Fashion

Writing East Midlands

The Lyric Lounge The Lyric Lounge is a season of minifestivals celebrating spoken word in transformed spaces. This year the Lounge will tour Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland, where lead artists will be commissioned to write inspirational pieces of work. Diverse participants, including young people, will engage with internationally renowned spoken word artists and writers, benefiting from workshops, showcases and the opportunity to explore new venues. The festivals will bring literature to new audiences, who will experience a broad range of creative work in unusual settings. Further information: www.lyriclounge.co.uk Image: Writing East Midlands

The Mighty Creatives

Journals Project The Mighty Creatives are continuing with the highly successful Journals Project, which will have recruited 500 young people by Spring 2012 to make a personal record of their engagement with the Cultural Olympiad and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Friday 10 – Sunday 12 June 2011 Air Asia MotoGP Friday 8 – Saturday 10 July 2011 Formula 1 Santander British Grand Prix Friday 22 – Sunday 24 July Silverstone Classic Touring exhibition The Hub, Sleaford University of Northampton Gallery

The Labours: An Astronomical Dance

Tuesday 21 June Time: Twilight Across Lincoln city centre Further information: www.nightjar.info Image: Daviel Shy

Further information: www.silverstone.co.uk

Young participants will act as citizen journalists, developing new media skills and creating an extraordinary archive. This archive will be deposited in local records offices, placing the engagement of young people in the build up to and delivery of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games in an historical context for future generations. The project is open to all young people aged between 11 and 21 years across the East Midlands. Further information: www.themightycreatives.com/journals

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Northamptonshire County Council


July – October Grand Union Canal, River Nene, Water Towers and Reservoir Further information: www.flow-northamptonshire.com Image: Steve Messam

FLOW will deliver an exciting series of new site-specific artworks that explore and respond to the journey of water through the county, focusing on different aspects of the waterways, from major canals and rivers to iconic water towers and reservoirs. Artists and organisations within the programme include Jo Fairfax, Charles Monkhouse, Steve Messam and Fermynwoods Contemporary Arts. FLOW is a Northamptonshire County Council led project delivered in partnership with Anglian Water and British Waterways.

Arts for Rutland

Where the Winds Blow Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 June Normanton Church Museum, Rutland Water Further information: www.artsforrutland.co.uk Image: Martin O’Neil

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Where the Winds Blow is a world première of a specially commissioned piece telling the story of the inhabitants who live above, below and around Rutland Water. Told through an ambitious mixture of music, dance and choreographed sailing, the production makes full use of its spectacular setting on the shores of Rutland Water. With a cast of more than 500, including a 300-strong choir, this piece is designed to move and inspire an audience whether or not they know the unique history of the area. Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 11


Lincoln Business Improvement Group

beam! International 2011 – Lincoln Children and Young People’s Festival beam! International 2011 Ð Lincoln Children and Young People's Festival is an exciting new cultural attraction for Lincoln which will animate Lincoln city centre over an eight-day period. beam! International 2011 offers both city and county residents and visitors alike the opportunity to witness some of Europe’s finest street theatre and performers, alongside emerging UK bands, DJs, producers and grime artists. beam! International 2011 provides a unique platform for more than 40 Lincolnshire schools to perform at the festival. Saturday 2 – Saturday 9 July Lincoln city centre: Castle Hill, City Square, High Street The Collection Lincoln Drill Hall

Northampton Carnival Arts Consortium

Footsteps through life... The Colourful Journey Footsteps through life... The colourful journey is a carnival project across the counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland. The carnival will collaborate with different festivals in 2011 to share and learn a variety of skills and celebrate the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012.

Northampton Borough Council


Night Run Northampton

The biggest percussion instrument in the county, an eye-catching musical Junk Sculpture will be central to music and dance celebrations in Lincolnshire. Over the summer soundSPORT will offer lively impromptu workshops with an international flavour for audiences at major sporting events for young people.

Night Run Northampton is the UK’s first dedicated night running event with a twist. Participants will be encouraged to run or walk a three kilometre town centre circuit that takes in all of Northampton’s key cultural landmarks at night. The proposed route will be animated through a mix of lighting installations, live music and dance performances, giant LED screens, indoor and outdoor art exhibitions and Market Square illuminations. The event is aimed primarily at young people and families.

A partnership between soundLINCS – Lincolnshire’s music development agency – and Lincolnshire Sports Partnership. Wednesday 22 – Thursday 23 June Sports Zone at the Lincolnshire Show Lincolnshire Showground Friday 25 June Supplementary School Games Yarborough Sports Centre

Saturday 29 October Northampton town centre Further information: www.marketsquareevents.com

Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 July 24hour Sportathon City Square, Lincoln Further information: www.soundlincs.org www.lincolnshiresports.com Image: soundLINCS

Saturday 30 April The Spalding Flower Parade Saturday 11 June Delapre Park, London Road, Northampton Thursday 16 June – Sunday 3 July Oakham Festival Further information: www.northamptoncarnival.com

Further information: www.lincolndrillhall.com

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Images:  Pan Regional Children’s Festival. The Kurdish Garden by TPO (Italy) in co-production with Teatro Metastasio Stabile Della Toscana and Lyric Hammersmith.

Loughborough University After Gold

Derby and Leicester City Centre Live Sites

After Gold will celebrate the Japanese Olympics team training before, during and after the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games at Loughborough University. Radar, the university’s arts programme, will present a season of new commissions by internationally renowned Japanese artists working across a range of media.

Take part in live special events and watch the Torch Relay, the Opening and Closing Ceremonies and the sporting competitions on the BBC Big Screens and Live Sites in Derby and Leicester.

East Midlands Children’s Theatre Consortium Pan Regional Children’s Festival The East Midlands Children’s Theatre Consortium will present dance, drama, digital media and puppetry by award-winning international companies at venues across the region for children and families to enjoy.

World Event Young Artists World Event Young Artists will transform the city of Nottingham with creative activity across all artforms, from visual arts to dance and from music to gastronomy. It will bring young artists aged between 18 and 30 from across the world to engage with local communities and young people, through lively public events, performances and intercultural dialogue.

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LOOKING FORWARD TO 2012 With only one year until the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, here is an exclusive preview of some of the projects currently in the pipeline for 2012.

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The National Trust

Field Day Arts & Daventry Business Partnership

Victorian Country Gathering

Daventry Arts Festival

Watch This Space and the National Trust will recreate the Victorian sports day that the Dryden family hosted in 1879 at Canons Ashby.

Daventry Arts Festival is a first for this rural market town in West Northamptonshire and will take place in open spaces and community venues across the town, including the spectacular new iCon Environmental Innovation Centre.

Inside the house, audiences will be taken on a magical tour by Watch This Space, and the grounds will be transformed into a country gathering with the original races and a variety of stalls and activities. Saturday 16 – Sunday 17 July Canons Ashby, Daventry Further information: www.watch-this-space.org.uk www.nationaltrust.org.uk

National, regional and local artists will bring poetry, drama, comedy, dance, carnival, visual art and orchestral, folk and world music to the town. It will also feature an event celebrating Daventry’s heritage as the place where the BBC World Service was born. Monday 18 – Saturday 23 July Further information: www.daventry.co.uk Image: Sheelanagig / Toby Farrow

East Lindsey District Council

Blaze Steering Group

Moving Colour

Blaze! Dance Relay

Moving Colour will bring together four groups of dancers and fashion designers from Lincolnshire and Helsingborg in Sweden to create a spectacular sporting relay of four dance productions inspired by the London 2012 Games. This fusion of sport, dance, costumes and colour will be performed at the SO Festival 2011 as part of London 2012 Open Weekend and at the Helsingborg Festival a week later.

Blaze! Dance Relay is an exciting dance project involving community performances in five outdoor areas of Northamptonshire and culminating in a finale extravaganza of performances, for people of any age and background to take part.

Friday 22 – Sunday 24 July SO Festival 2011, Skegness

This is an opportunity to be part of a record-breaking dance routine with hundreds of people dancing together and celebrating dance throughout Northamptonshire.

Further information: www.sofestival.org

Saturday 23 July


The Castle, Wellingborough

Sunday 24 July Althorp House Northampton Market Square

The Core, Corby Daventry Leisure Centre Kettering Market Square

Sunday 2 October The Run 11, Northampton Image: DE photos

Towcester Centre for Leisure

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University of Lincoln

Unlocking The City – A Digital Arts Festival September – October Lincoln Drill Hall The Collection University of Lincoln The Usher Gallery Lincoln Cathedral Various other locations throughout Lincoln

Unlocking the City Ð A Digital Arts Festival is an ambitious city-wide festival harnessing the talents of local, national and international artists. It will see the cityscape of Lincoln being used as a stage for cutting-edge artworks including sound art, projections, lighting and theatre. The festival will involve artists leading the commissioning of new work to surprise, excite and delight. The festival will include numerous commissions, events and performances including the Four Seasons interactive installations by Leicester-based Metro-Boulot-Dodo that will première in Lincoln during October.

Further details: www.thecollection.lincoln.museum www.lincoln.ac.uk Fermynwoods Contemporary Art

Encounters; journeys through language and landscape

The National Trust


Artworks by national and international artists will explore ideas around landscape, place and belonging, using different forms of language – visual, verbal and musical. August – September

September – October

Fermyn Woods Country Park and Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire

Tattershall Castle, Lincolnshire

Further information: www.fermynwoods.co.uk

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Image: Phil Crow

Dark Materials is a programme of commissioned new art for the National Trust’s Tattershall Castle, celebrating difference, outsider status, traditional and counter cultures. Exploring an unlikely alliance between heritage, contemporary art and biker communities, Dark Materials offers a mix of playful, irreverent and challenging events casting a new light on this extraordinary historic site. Events will include a major new site-specific commission by a UK artist, an alternative country fair, film screenings and a series of walks and talks covering topics as wide ranging as natural history to the supernatural.

Encounters invites visitors to take part in a series of artist interventions, residencies and installations along the three mile bridleway connecting Fermyn Woods Country Park to Lyveden New Bield.


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Déda Producing

Games Time Igniting Ambition is delighted that the East Midlands will host a national Community Celebrations programme pioneered by Legacy Trust UK in addition to the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011. Games Time is one of four large-scale outdoor celebrations for communities awarded by Legacy Trust UK and is inspired by the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Legacy Trust UK has also selected projects in Northern Ireland, Scotland and the South East to deliver this high-profile programme. Games Time is a series of spectacular outdoor events in different towns and cities across the East Midlands, before participants travel to London to be part of the celebrations of the 2012 Games. The project will be a high-profile, multi-faceted event that pushes the boundaries of outdoor work, incorporating street performance, fire and pyrotechnic animation, digital projection and installation, and a parallel online experience. The première performance event will be in Skegness as part of the SO Festival 2011 and London 2012’s Open Weekend, marking one year to go to the Opening Ceremony of the Olympics. Led by Déda Producing and directed by Lea Anderson, the event encompasses the work of many artists and performers, including Mahogany Carnival Arts and Walk the Plank. World Première Saturday 23 July SO Festival 2011 Further information: www.sofestival.org Image: Walk the Plank 20 Igniting Ambition Festival 2011

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Disclaimer All the information in this brochure was printed in good faith and believed to be correct at the time of going to print. If you require this brochure in alternative formats, please contact: info@ignitingambition.co.uk Design: www.studio-output.com The official Emblems of the London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and the Paralympic Games Ltd are ©2007 The London Organising Committee of the Olympic Games and Paralympic Games Limited. All rights reserved.

Legacy Trust UK

A word from our funders Image: Architects of Air at Derby Festé 2010 by Kevin Ryan

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Legacy Trust UK is an independent charity which is creating a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK. The Trust is delighted to be supporting the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 – Connecting Communities, which has already established itself at the forefront of exciting and ambitious cultural activity in the East Midlands. We hope you enjoy the events taking place across the three counties of Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire and Rutland this summer. Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 23

There’s a wealth of activity going on across the three cities and counties as well as the Igniting Ambition Festival 2011 –  the calendar below provides a snapshot of some events taking place between April and October 2011.

April – October 2011

Festivals Calendar 2011




Further information

Four Winds Festival

25 – 26 June

Rutland Water


Louth Music Festival

2 – 9 July




9 July

The Paddock, Exton





Further information

Lincoln Drill Hall Children's Festival

19 – 23 April



Bailgate Busking Festival

9 July



Spalding Flower Parade

30 April



Oundle International Festival

15 – 24 July



Lincoln Book Festival

11 – 15 May


www.visitlincolnshire.com/site/events/ festivals/lincoln-book-festival

Skegness Carnival Week

14 – 19 August



International Waendel Walk

13 – 14 May


17 – 21 August



Jazz Festival

16 – 21 May



Lincolnshire International Chamber Music Festival

Crick Boat Show and Waterways Festival

28 – 30 May



Northampton Balloon Festival

19 – 21 August



Shambala Festival


10 – 11 June



25 – 28 August


Althorp Literary Festival



3 – 4 September


11 June

Morris Dancing Festival


Gainsborough Riverside Festival

Alchemy Festival 11 June



16 – 18 September

Scholey Park, Nr Tattershall


Northampton Carnival

Stoke Bruerne


17 – 18 September


12 – 13 June

Festival of Bathing Beauties


Stoke Bruerne Gala Weekend

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Lincoln Comedy Festival

6 – 11 October



World Conker Championships

9 October


www.worldconker championships.com

Wolds Words Festival of Reading, Writing and Performance

19 – 23 October

Louth, Alford and across the Wolds



www.wellingborough.gov.uk/ waendelwalk

17 – 19 June

Asterby, Louth

18 June  – 3 July


Festival of History


Kelmarsh Hall


Lincolnshire Show

22 – 23 June

Lincolnshire Showground

www.lincolnshireshowground.co.uk/ lincolnshire_show

Oakham Festival

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