Doncaster town centre is set to turn into a hive of creative activity this June (19 – 21) when the Right Up Our Street team take over.
The second DNweekeND will be a cram packed with cultural events and activities with surprises around every corner.
From the Frenchgate Centre to the Waterdale Centre and Nigel Gresley Square, Market Place to the Mansion House and many places in between Doncaster town centre will be buzzing with creative activity.
Taking place from June 19 to 21 this festival of arts will take over public spaces, arts venues, shop units and shopping centres – indoors and outdoors – for one weekend only.
Andrew Loretto, creative producer for Right Up Our Street, said: “In 2014 more than 8,000 people from across the borough joined in with DNweekeND and this year we have some of Doncaster’s best local artists and groups plus national and international acts bringing their work to our town.
“This cultural explosion will light up the streets, inside and outside, for three days showcasing an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, installations, art, poetry, circus and spectacle.
“Empty and unused shop units will be transformed into quirky spaces and this year we are working with existing Doncaster businesses to bring something extra special to the weekend – from cosy one-person performances in a cafe to yarn-bombing market stalls and dancing in pubs!”
Historic Doncaster spaces will also be transformed into performance venues, the Mansion House will be opening its doors to performances of new writing from playwright Richard Hurford who has been working with local writers to create responses to the town centre and the Marketplace will be host to No Fit State who will be kicking off their international tour right here in Doncaster with their quirky and vibrant street circus show Open House.
The Doncaster Big Sing will bring together singers from across the borough to preview a brand new composition inspired by the history and future of Doncaster.
“In total more than fifty acts will be transforming the town with everything from intimate one-to-one performances to large scale theatrical performances, from walkabout interactive street performance, to chilled-out hammocks by the world music stage, the DNweekeND promises a weekend to remember here in our home town.
“We do hope that people from across our town will come along and take part in this fantastic free event for all the family and show just how creative Doncaster can be,” added Andrew.
To find out more visit www.rightupourstreet.org.uk
The first ever Ted Hughes Poetry Festival to take place in Mexborough, will celebrate, commemorate and reclaim Ted Hughes as a South Yorkshire poet, honouring Hughes’s roots in the town this July.
The festival, which has been arranged by Right Up Our Street, will take place between July 3 and 5, in and around Ted Hughes’s old grammar school where he was inspired to write his first poems.
Dominic Somers, Arts Supporter for Right Up Our Street said: “This event is a long time coming and lots of people have worked very hard to put on this special chance to explore Hughes’s formative years in Mexborough while also engaging with performances by some of the best contemporary poets around.“Over the three day festival there will be a mixture of free and paid for events open to all.
The event is supported by Right Up Our Street, Dearne Valley Landscape Partnership and the many poets, artists and volunteers who have worked to make this inaugural event a reality.”
Ted Hughes was an English poet and children’s writer who is often ranked as one of the best poets of his generation. Hughes, whose early years were spent in South Yorkshire, held the post of British Poet Laureate from 1984 until his death.
It was at Mexborough Grammar School where Hughes came under the spell of two charismatic teachers, Pauline Mayne and John Fisher, who introduced him to the poetry that would form his taste and shape his own work — Eliot, Lawrence, Hopkins, Donne, Shelley — and of course, Hughes’s beloved Shakespeare.
At the school, Hughes wrote, directed and acted in plays and crucially, wrote his first poems, which he published in the school magazine, The Don & Dearne. By the age of eighteen, Hughes was recognisably the poet and man-of-letters of his maturity and was recognised as such in the school and wider community by his teachers, peers, friends and family.
The festival begins on July 3 at Mexborough Business Centre, formerly Mexborough Grammar School at 5.30pm and the evening will include ‘Made in Mexborough: Ted Hughes’s South Yorkshire’ by poet and Hughes author Steve Ely, Poetry reading by Ian Parks, described by Chiron Review as ‘the finest love poet of his generation’ and Ted’s Ballads and Folksongs performed by Mick Jenkinson- Organiser Of Doncaster Folk, Roots, Acoustic And Dance Festival.
“There will be creative writing workshops, pop up performances, poetry giveaways and lots of playfulness throughout the weekend.
“We are sure that the festival will develop creativity — poetry, writing and art — in and around Mexborough, in Hughes’s name,” added Dominic.
For listings of events and to book tickets for individual nights or to book a full festival pass visit www.tedhughesproject.org