Grow Festival returns to light up Corby with more spectacular outdoor arts on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 February 2020. This year Made in Corby and The Core at Corby Cube are delighted to join forces with ArtReach to incorporate the highly-successful Corby Mardi Gras event into the festival.
Taking centre stage in our theatre will be the magnificent Museum Of The Moon, which has captured audience’s imaginations across the world – from New York and Beijing to Glastonbury and London. Created by acclaimed multidisciplinary artist Luke Jerram, the installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello Award-winning composer Dan Jones. Museum Of The Moon opens ahead of the festival, from 11am on Tuesday 4 until 11pm on Saturday 8 February, with various activities taking place around the moon, such as lantern making workshops, a Young Persons’ Showcase and a Full Moon Party.
On both Friday 7 and Saturday 8, Grow Festival’s youngest artistic talent shines in the children of Pen Green Nursery’s This Little Light of Mine installation and the light and music playground Soundplay Dome. Metro Boulot Dodo present Overview Effect, a bold and atmospheric projected animation that celebrates the ambition and technical achievement of the 1969 moon landing, and Underview Effect, an original digital animation created with local young people. The town centre will also be alive with poetry projections, Angels – Feelings From Home, and intriguing installations such as the kaleidoscopic Portal of Reflection and the impressive Giant Cones.
Friday evening will culminate with the Corby Mardi Gras Parade, with the whole community gathering at 6pm at James Ashworth VC Square to be led in a lantern parade headed by the dynamic Spark! drummers through Same Sky’s Mardi Gras illuminations in Thoroughsale Woods down to the Boating Lake, where revellers can explore an exquisite fire garden, Fire Dream.
You can pop into the Corby Cube on Saturday to take part in high tech Alien Pop workshops with RS Components in the Council Chamber, create some ‘out of this world crafts’ at Corby Library or enjoy the harmonies of popular community choirs Big About Singing and Deep Roots Tall Trees at the People’s Stage. Experience a unique sensory installation using infra-red sensors to create an orchestra or play a sound-painting in Eye Music Trusts’ Symphony Of The Senses and enjoy a special performance by children from Red Kite Academy.
After dark on Saturday there will be giant illuminated creatures roaming around, such as the hauntingly beautiful Ghost Caribou herded by a wild storyteller and the dazzling Winter Wonderland Birds, whilst the gravity defying Heliosphere will be spiralling and spinning, seemingly weightless, with an acrobat suspended beneath!
Closing the festival on Saturday at the Full Moon Party will be DJ Barbwire who will be raising the roof at The Core at Corby Cube by taking you on a euphoric journey through rave culture, from the summer of love to contemporary jungle and drum n bass.
All entertainment is free throughout the festival except for tickets to the Full Moon Party, which are priced at £5 and can be booked here. To book a free lantern making workshop visit madeincorby.eventbrite.com or call 01536 267895.