Thurrock 100 Festival 2020
2020T100 Calling Flyer
"Imagination Our Nation"- Mandela workshop
T100 2020 WORKSHOPS AND WALK
The workshops are free but you would need to book if wanted to come
along as there should not be large numbers and are therefore not widely
advertising on our social media but passing to any community groups in the
areas that the workshops are taking place if anyone is interested. Numbers are
limited so participants would need to email the artist in advance to confirm
The workshop details are as follows:
Tuesday 8th September: 10:00 -
12:00 and 12:30 - 14:30 - Foraging and Weaving
Saturday 12th September:
9:00 - 11:00 - Smudge stick making
Preparation for the Langdon Hill Germination
mandala event on Wednesday 16th September.
Tilbury - Tilbury Riverside Arts Activity
Thursday 10th and
Sunday 13th September: 10 - 12 and 12:30 -14:30 - Mosaic workshops
for the Tilbury Make Do and Mend Mandala event on Saturday 20th September.
Tilbury - Memorial Park
Friday 18th and Monday
21st September: 10:00 - 12:00 and 12:30 - 14:30 - Shoe mandala
preparation and painting for the East Tilbury In Other People's Shoes event on
the 22nd September.
Saturday 12th September: 10:00 -
11:00 – ONLINE - Spring Clean mandala intro and mini make session
Monday 14th September: 12:00 - 13:00 -
Grays Town Wharf - Spring Clean mandala
intro and mini make session.
If you would
like to attend the workshops please email Katie, email@example.com,
to confirm your place.
Thurrock 100 Festival was started by Kinetika in 2015 and over 5 years - in collaboration with a wide range of local partners including; Thurrock Council, Thurrock CVS, The Complete Commedia Company, TICC, Tilbury on the Thames Trust, Port of Tilbury, One Community Development Trust, ROH
Trailblazers, High House Production Park and Purfleet Centre Regeneration Limited (PCRL) - it has brought people closer, connected them to local places and spaces, and linked organisations together that collectively address individual disadvantage.
The concept of T100 is very simple. Based on a theme selected for the year, a programme of walks is devised by a range of local groups and organisations which incorporate community-led activities that respond to the theme.
The walks have taken place in towns and villages across an area over 3 weeks in July, with a longer, contiguous route symbolically connecting them all up. The routes remain accessible online and via a publication that celebrates the theme for the year.
The activities are usually undertaken between March and July in libraries, schools and community spaces and can include writing, drawing, cooking, painting, researching, dancing and acting, depending on the theme. The result adds colour to the walks and can include heritage talks, shared community meals, outdoor theatre, silk flags reflecting local stories, singing and even an animated 12
foot-tall docker puppet designed by local school children! It is all about walking, talking and making together as a collective, shared experience.
The magic of the concept is its simplicity as a framework. It enables groups to come up with their own ideas, develop them as separate projects if preferred, then showcase and share them to the wider community as part of a bigger whole.
2020 marks a significant moment of change for us all and the theme this year T100 Calling is a call to action for communities to come together to creatively re-imagine our future.
Over the following three years - with support of the National Lottery Community Fund - we are inviting our growing team of volunteers and supporters to imagine how T100 can become an independent organisation from 2023, that produces an annual festival to celebrate the people of Thurrock; showcasing talent, resourcefulness, resilience, diversity and to collectively imagine a healthy, future
proof, creative community.
This year we will be exploring local challenges, and possible solutions, in each community through the collective process of designing and making beautiful large-scale mandalas; led by visiting Scottish artist Therese Muskus. The Festival will take place between 12_27th September. Starting at Shoeburyness
Beach and ending in Purfleet-On-Thames, we will be walking, talking and making along the Thames Estuary – bringing communities together to reflect on issues including climate change, plastic waste, reclaiming public spaces, bio-diversity, growing sustainable communities, health and well-being – whilst collaboratively making beautiful pieces of art from locally collected materials.
In response to Covid-19 and the lockdown, we developed the launch of T100 Festival as an online mini project – May Mandalas. We designed a bespoke pack that was available for download via our website; inviting everyone to take part. It aimed to inspire participants to think about the future using a creative, fun and innovative series of exercises that will help them imagine solutions and feed into
the mandala designs and festival planning whilst at home. It culminated in an interactive finale week during the May half term during which participants were presented with daily activities to complete and share online, creating mandalas in response to our broad themes. You can view the colourful, creative and thoughtful responses by visiting our website http://thurrock100.com/may-mandalagallery/ and can still take part in sharing your ideas by joining the T100 Walking Arts Facebook Group.
This online programme of activities was an opportunity to be Inspired, to Reflect, to Make and Do in order to prepare us for the walking festival rescheduled for 12th – 27th of September.
Whilst we are hopeful that the rescheduled dates will be able to go ahead, we are committed to the delivery of this project and will make alternative online arrangements for the September dates if
T100 Calling Festival Dates
Sun Sept 13: Tide Turning - Shoeburyness Beach - We will be making a beach mandala exploring themes around respect for the Earth and the natural landscape in which we live. Climate Change, coastal erosion and flooding. We invite you to collect pebbles or shells on your daily walk and bring them to the site to create a mandala from natural materials with us.
Sat 19 Sept: Spring Clean - Grays Beach – Using plastic that has been taken out of the Thames by local litter picking group, working in partnership with Thames 21, we will create our mandala whilst performances from local groups take place as of the Thurrock Festival.
Sunday 20 Sept: Make Do and Mend - Tilbury Foreshore - Reclaiming public space, making a glistening mandala from ceramics and glass collected form the foreshore. We invite you to upcycle, turning broken things into beautiful objects.
Tuesday 22 Sept - In Other People’s Shoes – Bata Heritage Centre - Wear someone else’s shoes for the day, what does it feel like? Inspired by the Bata Heritage Centre we invite you to join us, bringing a favourite pair of shoes with you. We will share stories, reflecting on the journeys you and others have travelled on foot, then design a shoe mandala and write about your experience of walking.
Sat 26 Sept: Renewal - Belhus Country Park – Working with Rural Arisings on the creation of a new insect habitat, using recycled brick, concrete and cement, to make a permanent mandala on a capped landfill site that is being transformed into a country park. It will become the basis of a new rock garden and will be designed with support from the local school and community.
Sun 27 Sept: Grow Your Own - High House Production Park, Purfleet - where our studios are based. Working with the Royal Opera House Community Chorus, local community and in partnership with developers PCRL. We will be curating a celebratory event focused on the theme of sustainable communities, including food production and distribution. The mandala will be made from produce, locally grown within a 15mile radius of Purfleet.
Imagination Our Nation: In between these key events, there will be daily local walks with a focus on creativity, health and wellbeing and the making of mini-mandalas.