Spark Festival

Spark Festival

Be inspired by Slough and the Universe

Creative Junction designed, produced and delivered arts activity for Spark Festival. This two month multi venue, cross art form festival focused on the cultural heritage of Slough based 18th century pioneers the Herschels. We worked in partnership including with Slough Museum; Emergency Exit Arts, Lorna McNeill and visual arts collective Xtra Art.

Spark had over 500 people actively participate in community engagement activities and a finale audience of 1500+. We also worked with 75+ community artists who created and performed/exhibited spoken word, street theatre, visual arts and music at Spark.

Programme of finale weekend events

18th century Slough based pioneers the Herschel family developed the modern mathematical approach to astronomy and made discoveries including the planet Uranus, infra-red light and several comets, stars and nebulae.

Creative Junction had limited time to deliver this Festival and the results were a very engaging series of events reaching families and young people in the town.  The overall response I witnessed to activities and the parade was very positive, I had several conversations with audiences and participants who were hugely appreciative and thankful for the activities. 

The events were very well-judged and, in the engagement activities, there was a friendly atmosphere and I witnessed moments of satisfied achievement by different local Slough groups who led the workshops. The Finale Parade was a fantastic example of how the workshops and events during the day had engaged families as many turned up to participate with enthusiasm.

The Creative Junction team should feel really proud of their achievements, many people had a wonderful day, and there was a great community spirit celebrated and nurtured by the Festival.   This is very exciting for HOME Slough’s future events”. Critical Friend, Creative People and Places Slough

Huge well done for Spark. You and the team put in a great deal of effort over the last few weeks and especially over the two finale days. The spoken word event, the fantastic Age UK choir and the outdoor event was great and I heard many appreciative voices throughout.” Curve Development Manager, Slough Borough Council

Thank you so much for everything (since 2014!) – it’s been wonderful knowing and working with you. Xtra.Art has grown so much with your support; it’s so nice to work together on something we are all very passionate about.  Congratulations on the success of the festival, it was amazing!” Yinan Zhao and Ria Walia, Xtra Art

Spark Festival was part of the HOME Slough project, funded by Arts Council England’s Creative People and Places programme and Slough Borough Council.

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