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“Time for your fun booster!”
2nd October 2021, 12 – 5pm, West Dean Centre Bream
Creative organisations within the Forest of Dean join together for a combined arts event.
A day of fun for all the family!
On 2nd October Canopy is planning an arts showcase festival at the West Dean Centre, Bream, funded by Forest of Dean District Council, the West Dean Parish Council and Arts Council England.
Creative organisations within the Forest of Dean will join together for this combined arts event, taking part in the nationwide Fun Palaces weekend.
For nearly 18 months many people have been suffering in various ways from the impacts of Covid. The value and effect that the arts can have on how people feel about life is considerable.
This festival will bring local communities together and lift spirits, as well as celebrating the diverse and wonderful creative talent available right on our doorstep. The range of opportunities provided will encourage young and old, families, the vulnerable, elderly and socially isolated to get involved.
the artsJAB programme includes
- a parade along the central high street involving musicians, members of the silver bands, dancers, performers and banners
- performers representing their organisation in dance, music, theatre, poetry, film and literature
- stalls and practical workshops by a variety of creatives
- local schools invited to participate in the celebrations
Canopy will use this event as a model for further events in towns throughout the Forest of Dean – Coleford, Newent, Cinderford and more – over the next 12 – 24 months.
Why not volunteer? If you have an hour to spare on the 2nd of October we could really use your help. Volunteering is fun, feels good, provides great experience and looks great on a CV. Come to the volunteer orientation meeting at the West Dean Centre, 5pm on Wednesday 29th of September, to find out how you can help.
Below you can see a map of the venue along with the artsJAB timetable. We plan to do our best to keep to the advertised times but bear with us if ‘things happen’! Should you need it, there is a printable version of the programme available to download here, please be environmentally responsible when doing so. There will be printed programmes available to pick up on the day of the event from the West Dean Centre.
Printable artsJAB Programme
Please follow current government COVID safety guidelines while at this event.
We ask that where possible, guests take lateral flow tests and ensure that the result is negative before attending the event. If the result is positive please do not attend the event, and ensure you follow government guidelines for a positive test result.
When indoors at the event, we ask that you please wear a face mask, use hand sanitiser before entry and maintain a safe social distance where possible. We will ensure that the indoor spaces are as well ventilated as possible, and some performances will be held outside.
Bream Councillor Paul Hiett
Potter Mary Rose Young
Arts Organisations and Creative Community Groups
Bream Silver Band
PIPs Poetry Group
FoD Camera Club
FoD Male Voice Choir
Last Thursday Music Club
RiverStorm Young Peoples’ Theatre
Redbrook Youth Group
Royal Forest Tuesday Scouts
Go Out Get Active (GOGA) and Wilde Earth Journeys
The Rewild Project
Many thanks to local businesses and artists:
Paul Hiett, Councillor Bream Ward
Chris Waygood, Artist
Last Thursday Music Club
Noxon Farm, Bream
Light Fantastic, Lydney
Spar Shop, Bream
Cooperative Store, Bream
Knockley Pet Foods, Bream
Mary Rose Young, Artist
Forest Boxing Club, Yorkley
Carolyn Black, Artist
Chez Dunford, Artist
Trefurn furniture, Whitecroft
Forest Auto Sales, Whitecroft
Zeus Handling UK LTD, Whitecroft
Lucozade Ribena, Suntory, Coleford
CRS Training Services, Bream
Directions and Parking
Address: The West Dean Centre, High St, Bream, Lydney GL15 6JW
Visitors should park across the road at the Sport Centre car park or around the village. We ask where possible people share transport.
The car park at the West Dean Centre will only be available for those who are participating and staying until the end of the day – 5.00pm. For safety reasons, and children in the car park, there will be marshals in Hi Vis jackets to escort cars as they drive in and out.
A Fun Palaces weekend event. Fun Palaces supports local people to co-create their own cultural and community events, across the UK and worldwide, sharing and celebrating the genius in everyone.
To participate, volunteer or for more information please contact
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cultivating creative communities in the Forest of Dean