The Buxton ‘Our Street’ programme is being built over time. Check back here to see our latest updates and news from our Cultural Consortium partners.
The Heritage Action Zone scheme runs until April 2024.
a place we call home
A grand finale to the Our Street programme, Illuminate Buxton will take elements from previous projects and weave them into spectacular projections of light and sound onto local landmark buildings.
Over four evenings, from 21st to 24th February 2024, internationally-renowned projection mapping company Illuminos will light up the town with their animations. Fairfield, Burbage, Harpur Hill and Spring Gardens will host free events. Watch this space for more details!
Gargoyles and Grotesques
The many faces of Spring Gardens
Look up as you wander down Spring Gardens and you will discover faces looking back at you. Buxton's architecture boasts many gargoyles and grotesques. In this project storyteller and artist Creeping Toad joins forces with theatre company Babbling Vagabonds to draw attention to these often overlooked (!) features of our town. Through art and craft workshops with schools and community groups we will engage people with the built heritage of the town and the sense of surprises and unexpected wonders that can be hidden in plain sight.
Music Development Days
Young people's music workshops
Young people aged 13+ are being invited to take part in free music workshops in October and February half terms to create original new music for 'Illuminate Buxton, our large-scale community event in February 2024.
The first workshops took place over the October half term. Instrumentalist, technologist and producer, Gareth Carbery ran a day-course on recording and producing. Gareth was then joined by BBC Folk Singer of the year, Ríoghnach Connolly for a day of working by ear, playing together and creating original music.
The Buxton Our Street Youth Panel have worked with High Peak Community Arts to make the sessions a reality. Anyone wanting more information to sign up for the workshops should email email@example.com or find the sign up form on www.highpeakarts.org.
An interactive audio experience – part local history tour, part ghost hunt. A fun adventure into the past uses of Spring Gardens, its inhabitants and its role in shaping Buxton's future. Local writers, Tom Crawshaw and Alice de Cent, together with theatrical technology whizzes Claywell Digital, have created a trail with a difference ...
Follow your guide, Matt (Michael Grady-Hall), an aspiring local historian who has returned to his hometown to record an audio walking tour. But things don't go quite to plan with his spooky sister, Claire (Suzanne McGrail), along for the ride.
Setting off from outside The Pump Room, the tour uses smartphone location technology to autoplay each stop of the tour when you reach the correct location. Matt wants to bring some of Buxton’s lesser-known history to life, but Claire is more focused on Buxton’s ghostly goings-on. Local actors from Buxton Drama League and REC Theatre provide the voices of some of Buxton’s spectral residents, who all seem to need someone to listen to them, while Matt desperately tries to keep the spirits' silliness at bay, and everyone’s mind on the historical facts.
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