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Weekend of Wonders

Funded on Spacehive 7 June 2018

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Weekend of Wonders

Theatre Orchard By Theatre Orchard

Weekend of Wonders will fill Weston town centre with amazing international outdoor arts, including participatory events. Irresistible va va voom for the Italian Gardens that'll have everyone smiling!

Weston-super-Mare Delivery stage

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This project was funded on 07 Jun 2018!

2017's Weekend of Wonders brought over 2,000 people into Weston to enjoy a smorgasbord of outdoor performance that left everyone gasping with pleasure. Over 70% of visitors scored the event a perfect 5/5, and nearly half of those attending had come especially for WOW. This year we are back with a real Saturday smasher (29 Sep); a jaw-dropping array of things to see and do, and opportunities aplenty for local people to take part in creative workshops in the run-up. Presented for the enjoyment of locals and tourists alike are acts from near and far - Invisible Circus, Ramshacklicious, Ragroof, Southpaw, Bullzinis, Acrojou, Joan Catala, Mufti Games and more. From high-wire high thrills to ground-based acrobatics, there is plenty to energise... and for those who want to get up and shake their stuff, join a mass dance-off or oom pah pah with the Band at the end of the World. One giant garden party for all the family to enjoy! Your pledges will keep this absolutely free!

What we'll deliver:

  • Intern
  • Structured participatory opportunities for local people, with particular focus on hard to reach groups and communities
  • An event that will be widely marketed to bring new people to the town centre, boosting local economy
  • The event and the participatory workshops will all be entirely free of charge if our funding campaign is successful.

Why it's a great idea:

1. Makes Weston a destination for tourism out of the peak holiday period. Helping the local economy 2. People feel positive about where they live 3. Top motivations for going to outdoor arts events are 'to be entertained' and 'to spend time with friends and family' Great for community cohesion! 4. Enables local people of all backgrounds to get active and take part in music, dance and performance art workshops prior to the event 5. Carefully curated activity that reimagines and celebrates the seaside culture of Weston e.g. the brass band at the end of the world, giant battleships or contemporary dance carousel! 6. Free of charge 7. Appealing to all the family. Outdoor arts events attract an audience of all ages, particularly strong in the younger (16-24 & 25-34) and middle range (35-44 and 45-54) ages 8. Diverse, international artists feed into the culture of the town and expand horizons 9. Brings the newly refurbished Italian Gardens to glorious life!

Steps to get it done:

  • Contract the companies.
  • Contact community groups and education centres
  • Timetable outreach and book workshop spaces
  • Risk assess events
  • Create marketing and publicity campaign
  • Communicate with local shops and food outlets to develop linked offers
  • Arrange accommodation for visiting companies
  • Deliver outreach and event.
  • Evaluation undertaken with audience agency

In the run up, selected artists will be working with residents of the South and Central wards, two of WsM's most deprived wards. South Ward falls in the bottom 1% of the UK's social and deprivation index. Connection with arts, both as audience and participants can transform feelings of well-being, pride of place and provide an all-singing, all-dancing catalyst to getting active. Our routes to participation will be working with partners including Alliance Homes, Carlton Centre and the schools network. As per 2016, we will also feed circus entertainment into the South Ward's Federation of Schools Big Day Out (over 2,000 primary children), which last year elicited ecstatic feedback such as "The Best Day Of My Life". The mix of engagement work, participatory performance, promenade acts that spill out into the town, and flagship shows at the Italian Gardens will make Weston-super-Mare the WOW place to be!

Location Weston-super-Mare

About the space

Italian Gardens, Weston-super-Mare


North Somerset Council

How will the money be spent?Total £41,110

Southpaw - Carousel performances x 2 - £7,000 (17%)
Ramshacklicious - show and workshops - £5,000 (12%)
Bullzini Family - tightrope show - £5,000 (12%)
Mufti Games - 3 immersive, participatory events - £3,200 (8%)
Acrojou - Frantic performance, Elves acrobats, German Wheel Workshop - £3,200 (8%)
Producing event, outreach & site production management - £3,000 (7%)
Rag roof Players - show and workshops - £2,940 (7%)
Joan Catala - Pelat performance - £2,500 (6%)
Southpaw - Icarus promenade event with local people - £2,460 (6%)
Press and Marketing work - £2,000 (5%)
Other - £4,810 (12%)

Costs Breakdown

This shows how money raised for the project will be spent. These costs have been confirmed by the project's Delivery Manager and verified.

Southpaw - Carousel performances x 2
Ramshacklicious - show and workshops
Bullzini Family - tightrope show
Mufti Games - 3 immersive, participatory events
Acrojou - Frantic performance, Elves acrobats, German Wheel Workshop
Producing event, outreach & site production management
Rag roof Players - show and workshops
Joan Catala - Pelat performance
Southpaw - Icarus promenade event with local people
Press and Marketing work
Other Read More
  • Invisible Circus - interactive circus activity
  • Spacehive fees
  • Technical equipment e.g. water ballasts, sound, lighting
  • Security
  • Publicity Design and print
  • Photography
  • Publicity Distribution
  • VAT
  • Volunteer expenses
  • Transaction Fees

Total £41,110

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