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Fiesta!

June 4, 2010

Well, the day is nearly upon us, and cross finger, it looks like it’s going to be a bit of a scorcher!  We’re looking forward to meeting lots of of new people today and getting them involved in Fiesta. 

To help you plan your day, here is the schedule for the day – come along and say hello to the us in the Fiesta tent in St Samson’s Square!

Not just your ordinary market…

May 25, 2010

One of the many exciting events that will be happening during Fiesta is the Temporary Market. It’s an afternoon of eclectic, performative, sculptural and edible (!!!) installation of art works on Newgate Market. The artists will be working with and talking to the regular Newgate Market traders in order to collect stories and share memories.

The Temporary Market will be brought to us by OUI Performance, which is an independent Contemporary Arts Organisation, based in York and run by the very lovely and very talented Nathan Walker and Victoria Gray. They’ll be working with lots of different people to bring this event to life, including artists from the Art Bloc, and York’s Contemporary Art Collective. You can find out more about them at their website or their Facebook page.

So make sure you get down to Newgate Market (it’s between Parliament Street and the Shambles) at some point during the day to check out this very exciting, unique, and quite simply intriguing local talent. We certainly will!

Introducing Donna Tayler, the artist behind Fiesta’s Wonderland garden!

May 19, 2010

The post below calls for the people of York to add to our every expanding garden of delights. It’s seems that a festival for the people should have them involved right from the start. Our fantastical Wonderland garden (which will be at St Sampson’s Square on the day) certainly embraces this mantra.

Fun, colorful, wacky and creative is the name of the day and everyone is invited to take part and help create York’s temporary inside garden.

The creative vision behind it all is the wonderful Donna Tayler and she certainly seems excited and inspired about what can be created. So when asked some questions about herself and project here’s exactly what she had to say!

“Hi – I’m the artist working on Fiesta this year – it’s proving to be
a great project to work on as there are at least 11 different
community groups involved so far – people of all ages too…

Dragonflies, flowers, birds, and bees are all in the process of being
created, so our “Wonderland” is certainly going to be a real
menagerie of creatures of all shapes and sizes – and it’s definitely
going to be a riot of colour……

I kind of have a rough idea of how the final thing will look, but
with so many people involved it’s quite difficult to envisage exactly
how it will look until everything finally comes together on Saturday
5th June…….you will just have to come on down and check it out
for yourselves then. There will also be an opportunity on that day
for you to make something and add it to the garden!”

Clearly Wonderland’s going to be something amazing at Fiesta, and all of us here can’t wait to see how it will all turn out!

As a reminder, and something to write on the calendars and in your diaries, here are the dates where you can get involved, and make your own mark:

Saturday 22 May      1 – 4pm at St Luke’s Church Hall, Shipton Street
Tuesday 25 May      6 – 9pm at Burtonstone Community Centre
Tuesday 1 June      10am – 1pm at Space 109, Walmgate

Magical things!

May 13, 2010
We’ve had a great time so far meeting people who’ve come along to make ‘stuff’ for the Wonderland Garden!  If you’re yet to get involved but want to, don’t worry – there are plenty of other opportunities for you to come and be creative. 
The creation of a giant flower using willow and tissue paper.  Photo courtesy of Andrew Lightfoot

The creation of a giant flower using willow and tissue paper. Photo courtesy of Andrew Lightfoot

 

Colourful bunting, made by local people to decorate Fiesta! Photo courtesy of Andrew Lightfoot.

Colourful bunting, made by local people to decorate Fiesta! Photo courtesy of Andrew Lightfoot.

People have been making butterflies, dragonflies, loads of flowers, fabric bunting and ‘garden scenery’ – but we want MORE from all your creative York folk!

The workshops listed below are free and open to everyone, and children are welcome to come along with an adult and join in to.  Just drop us a line to york.fiesta@york.gov.uk and we’ll see you there! 

Monday 17 May      6 – 9pm at Explore Acomb Library
Saturday 22 May      1 – 4pm at St Luke’s Church Hall, Shipton Street
Tuesday 25 May      6 – 9pm at Burtonstone Community Centre
Tuesday 1 June      10am – 1pm at Space 109, Walmgate

Want to join in?

April 30, 2010

Over at Fiesta Towers, we’re really keen to create a vibrant city centre on Saturday 5 June – we hope people are going to stay in town all day and make the most of what we are crossing our fingers will be a bee-ootiful sunny day! 

We think one of the best ways to get people to stick around is to make them an offer they can’t refuse – which is where all you lovely local businesses come in!

If you have an offer you’d like to make to promote your business to people coming along to Feista, we’ll promote it for you absolutely free of charge! 

Could be 10% on the day, might be a free coffee with any cake, might be free entry for under19s.  Who knows – you’re creative people, you tell us what you’d like promote!

If you fancy getting involved, or would like to talk about your ideas for offers, drop a line to katie.pask@york.gov.uk or give her call on 01904 553397.

Salsa Shout out!

April 29, 2010

Do you have dancing feet? Do your toes tap?  Do you worry that sometimes rhythm may actually get you?

Great!

Then you should come along to this year’s finale at Fiesta – a great big salsa evening in Parliament Street at our Main Stage between 6.30 – 8.30pm.

It really doesn’t matter if you’re more John Sargeant than Twinkletoes, bring a friend along and have a go.  Last year, hundreds of people joined in, so don’t be a wall flower and miss out! 

The fabulous Bourbon Y Tequila will be bringing along their own special salsa sound, and there’ll even be a salsa teacher on hand to help you perfect your moves.

Calling all arts and crafts lovers!

April 28, 2010

 

This year’s festival will feature a ‘Magical Wonderland Garden’, and the Fiesta team are getting members of the public to get involved in making it! Two workshops are taking place as part of the project, and you can help create all sorts of things, including flowers, butterflies, dragonflies, ‘trees’, garden scenes and lots of other garden/nature objects and creatures. The artist leading the project will be using a variety of media – from paper to paint, wire and fabric, so even if you don’t consider yourself an ‘artist’ there should still be plenty of things to spark your interest! All the creations will then become a part of of the garden at Fiesta on Saturday 5 June.

 Workshops are taking part on…

 Wednesday 5 May, 6 – 9pm at St Luke’s Church Hall

and

Tuesday 25 May, 6 – 9pm at Burtonstone Community Centre

 If you fancy joining in and helping us create Fiesta, drop an email to york.fiesta@york.gov.uk telling us your name and which session you’d like to come along to and we’ll add you to the list!