Here at Wild Rumpus HQ we have had some wonderful news that we just couldn’t wait to share you, our wilderness loving family.
Amongst the flurry of festival planning and exciting new activity at The Whirligig we have set up a consortium consisting of ourselves, Just So Festival, and two of our fabulous festival friends, Kendal Calling and Ramsbottom Festival.
Kendal Calling is an wonderfully innovative, independent festival based in the Lake District, pioneering contemporary music and art alongside traditional rural entertainment. Whilst Ramsbottom Festival takes place in a beautiful town on the outskirts of Greater Manchester, local food and beer are served with an eclectic mix of emerging musicians and established international artists and DJs.
Knitted together through our shared desire to programme incredible outdoor arts experiences for families we spearheaded a bid to enable us to tour a range of fabulous mind-boggling theatrical performances to each festival audience.
On Monday we had the delight of hearing that we had been awarded £128,900 by the fantastically marvellous beings at Arts Council England. This money will be released over two years and used to tour and commission outstanding arts for family audiences.
Allowing us as a consortium to not only bring magical family pieces to the North West but to commission brand new performances of work to premier at the festivals in 2015.
In turn facilitating wider collaboration with the greenfield festival sector and introducing an extended range of family audiences to powerful transformative outdoor arts experiences.
All of us at Wild Rumpus HQ are just thrilled to have been awarded this funding, allowing us to continue being entirely committed to enabling and encouraging families to access brilliant transformative arts in immersive outdoor environments.
We couldn’t be more grateful to Arts Council England for supporting us, giving us the chance to expand and develop our work.
Alison Clark-Jenkins, Director, North for the Arts Council said ‘I am delighted that the Just So Festival and its partners are being supported through our Strategic touring fund. One of the aims of the programme is to increase family audiences and this project will help us to achieve this by expanding the amount of high quality outdoor arts provision for families at music-focussed commercial festivals.’
What a fabulous start to 2014!