November 8, 2013 by Alex
We’re delighted to announce that Park View 4 U in Lytham has been awarded a grant of £13,050 by Arts Council England to develop a new family arts festival for Lytham.
Planned for early July 2014, the Festival of Stories will be a weekend long festival of heritage and creative storytelling aimed at children, young people and their families and will take place at the Park View 4 U site at Park View Playing Fields in Lytham.
The Festival of Stories concept, which has already received glowing endorsements from local councillors and community groups, has been created by Park View 4 U, in conjunction with local writer, Alexandra O’Toole, to:
- bring a high quality, accessible arts programme to the families of Lytham
- provide a platform for the community to preserve, share and celebrate their first hand stories and memories of living in Lytham
- connect the different generations and social groups within our local community by teaching them how to use storytelling and story sharing to unleash their imaginations, encourage communication and promote tolerance.
Cath Powell, Community Development Manager at Park View 4 U, said, “We can’t wait to bring this fantastic project to Lytham. It’s exactly the kind of imaginative, cultural event that we have long wanted to host at Park View 4 U and it will appeal to people of all ages.”
Featuring professional storytellers, staged and walkabout theatre productions, ethereal aerial performances, magical puppet shows; sensory storytelling for babies; published children’s author events; workshops and exhibitions on everything from book sculptures and storyboarding to papermaking and memory map making; poetry; live music; story yoga, a pop-up bookshop and a tented 0-5 yrs kids zone, The Festival of Stories promises to be a feast for the soul and the senses.
Visitors to the Festival of Stories will also participate in, and contribute to, the creation of two new folk tales inspired by the town’s history. The brand new story trails will be recreated within the fringes of woodland at Park View 4 U and will incorporate live music, dance, enchanting sights and creative challenges along the way, to offer a magical, creative and memorable experience that will inspire and educate the whole family.
The funding from Arts Council England’s Grants For The Arts programme, together with financial contributions from Fylde Borough Council and Lancashire County Council, allows Park View 4 U to work with local writer, Alex O’Toole, to research and develop The Festival of Stories concept and to publish an anthology of community fiction. A second bid for the delivery of the festival will be submitted in December.