Glastonbury Festival hit The People’s Tower is centrepiece for Torquay Festival 2013:
Saturday 27th July 2013 - 11am-7.30pm
An art installation that was a hit at this year’s Glastonbury Festival and which featured in a national newspaper is at the centre of this year’s Torquay Festival, at the end of this month (July).
The People’s Tower – a giant cardboard version of Torquay’s Clock Tower made by the public from cardboard and tape – will be erected in the middle of the town as part of the Festival, happening on Saturday July 27th.
It’s just one of the highlights of the third Torquay Festival and created by Born Hectic Events, in conjunction with Torbay Town Centres Company, bringing international showmanship, street theatre, children’s activities, free family fun and high quality entertainment to the town’s shopping streets.
Torquay Festival 2013 will feature two open air street stages, presenting international comedy street performers together with high quality jazz, swing, samba and folk music.
One stage will be at the top of Fleet Street (which will be closed to all traffic), with a programme of free entertainments running from 11.30am to 4.30pm. The other stage will be at The Harbour, running from 11.30am until 7.30pm.
Quirky, funny street entertainers will be on patrol in the streets all day. Look out for Musical Ruth and her piano and a few more besides. Plus art experts Urban Canvas will be drawing a large pavement picture with the public's help at The Harbour.
The entire extravaganza will add to the vibrancy of Torquay’s busy town centre in a memorable and entertaining manner, says Born Hectic’s director Rick Worthy: “This will be a really exciting event for Torquay – it’s packed with funny entertainers and good music to ensure that we put the town on the map as an events destination.
“By having international artists performing here, it really raises everyone’s game. And we’ve chosen artists that really connect with people and children – we want everyone to get involved here and go away with great memories of Torquay Festival 2013.
“The main objective of The Torquay Festival is to raise the national and international profile of the town by putting it on the map as a ‘must-visit’ destination, whilst royally entertaining visitors and residents alike.”
The People’s Tower
A smash-hit at this year’s Glastonbury Festival will appear at Torquay Festival – and it needs the people of Torquay to help build it.
International artist Olivier Grossetete, from Marseille, France, is working with local people to create a breath-taking art-piece from cardboard and parcel tape that will be at the centre of this year’s Festival programme.
A futuristic version of the Torquay Clocktower has been designed by Olivier and, with the assistance of passers-by and participants, will be erected in Fleet Walk.
Starting at noon, and ending at 5pm, Torquay people will make the tower from cardboard building blocks, getting it as high as possible – at least 15 metres tall.
After it is built, hopefully by 5pm, the structure is pushed over, jumped on – and then sent for recycling.
“This is really fun art that everyone can get involved in,” says Born Hectic’s Rick Worthy, who oversaw the building of a Glastonbury Festival tower this summer. “It’s inclusive, it’s participatory and there’s a sense of community spirit when we all build this thing together. Yes, it’s contemporary art, but it’s not freaky nor does it leave people out in the cold. This is fun stuff to get involved in.”
The People’s Tower is produced by Born Hectic Events and supported through Arts Council England’s National Lottery-funded Grants for the Arts scheme, in partnership with UZ Arts and In-situ.
Nick Green, Combined Arts Relationship Manager South West, Arts Council England said: “Born Hectic produced a similar tower replica for Glastonbury with amazing results, and we're sure that Torbay residents of all ages will be equally delighted with the hands-on experience.
“The arts are an incredible way to bring communities together, spark creativity and drive income to the local economy. We hope as many as people possible get involved in this fun project!”
Children’s activities at Torquay Festival
Free children’s activities will be at the Town Hall from 12noon to 5pm. Performance, karaoke and a talent show with craft and clay workshops will be available, as well as a magician/storyteller. There will be a really big bouncy castle there too.
BIG BEAT – High energy junk percussion band
2TONIC – Foot-tapping musical duo performing fun covers and classics on jaws harp, mouth-bow, harmonica, drums and guitar.
JONAH’S LIFT - 6-piece eclectic celtic-folk-rock band from Cornwall known for their musical arrangements, humour and ability to get any crowd dancing.
LE NAVET BETE - Brilliant 5-man comedy clown group with a series of high energy, spectacular and hilarious routines. Their name means The Stupid Turnip in French, by the way.
KIKI AND PASCAL - Comedy circus duo that brings all the frustration of married life to the stage engaging and entertaining all ages with acrobatics, singing, juggling, contortion and magic.
BREAD AND BUTTER THEATRE - A street-theatre company with a cast of characters that bring instant, improvised and interactive entertainment to the streets.
MUSICAL RUTH AND THE AMAZING MAGICAL MOBILE PIANO – Musical Ruth has performed at countless venues and events throughout the UK and Europe. She’s fun, daft, and side-splittingly funny, with comic dance moves, facial contortions, crazy sound effects, many styles of music and hilarious banter, making sure that nobody will forget meeting the singing nun.
HAGGIS AND CHARLIE - two of the funniest and most skilful jugglers you can imagine.
THE GASLIGHTS - Endlessly entertaining and amusing trio of street musicians giving all they’ve got and raising a smile wherever they go.
STREET HEAT – samba band that will be starting the day at the top of Union Street and will lead off the celebrations to give the whole day a joyous and rousing beginning.
URBAN CANVAS - a team of visual artists led by artists Anthony Donnelly and Peter Barber, who will be leading the street art intiative in Victoria Parade by The Harbour and asking people to join in and get creative with chalks to help decorate the street for just one day.
Who are Born Hectic?
Torquay Festival organisers Born Hectic Events are the premier organisers of arts, entertainment and commercial events in Devon and Cornwall.
They work on the Glastonbury Festival, Port Eliot Festival as well as the Torquay Festival and the John Betjeman Cornish Birthday Party. They have produced many theatre shows, public events, poetry and cabaret shows.
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