Barnaby Blast Off

barnaby2016This year’s Barnaby Festival blasts off on Friday 17th June with a rocket-full of fabulous ticketed and free events for the whole family over the first weekend.

There’s some seriously good art on show between 6-9pm on Friday, with the launch of the Barnaby Visual Arts strand. Unique spaces – from a gothic tower to domestic windowsills – provide the venues for film installations, photography, sculpture, drawing, digital animation and mixed media work by acclaimed artists Bedwyr Williams, Hondartza Fraga, Hannah Imlach and Liliane Lijn. These exhibitions, which run until Sunday 26th June are complemented by four ‘space-themed’ commissions from Macclesfield-based artists.

Ticketed highlights include the UK premiere of Francesca Martinez’s Wobbly Manifesto on Friday 17th and a double portion of comedy on Sunday 19th with the wickedly funny cabaret group, Graffiti Classics, as well as stand-up from Pierre Novellie and Tom Ward at the Comedy Club. With a couple of hours separating these two latter performances you can make both, with time for a bite to eat in between!

As always, there’s a galaxy of fun and FREE things for the whole family to enjoy, including the sparkly ‘space-themed’ Carnival Parade on Saturday at 1pm and some seriously high-sugar content ‘Street Treats’ to giggle around Market Place over the whole weekend.

At the same time, don’t miss the magic that’s taking place on Christ Church at La Lune. In the church the unmissable musical theatre show The Astronomer’s Story calls on families to save the town! On the lawns, The Observatory hosts music, film, experiments, street food and more. With a science band, Space School and pop-up Planetarium there’s plenty for little people to experiment with. And if you like Space, you’ll love our Deep Space and Solar Lab which runs over the whole weekend too at the Town Hall and includes experiments, talks and the results of a spectacular Near Space Weather Balloon project run with local primary schools.

Barnaby Festival Director, Karl Wallace says: “This weekend marks the start of 10 days of creativity, showing the town off in its best light (starlight of course!). We play host to some of the most respected names in science and fill the streets with performances and incredible visual art – and half of the programme is made in Macc. There are walks to rediscover our town, curious installations, proper space science, magical musical theatre and hilarious hi-jinks going on all over the place. Take a leap and join in Macc’s biggest celebration!”

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