The Buxton ‘Our Street’ programme is coming to a close very shortly.
We have hopefully created some great memories for audiences and participants in our events and showcased the unique personality of Buxton; the town and its residents.
Our finale 'Illuminate Buxton' events in February half term went off wonderfully - photos and video to be added soon! We still have artworks from the 'Through Your Eyes' project to be displayed, so watch out for them coming soon. Do have a look back through this archive to enjoy a taste of the fun that's been had on Spring Gardens.
a place we call home
A grand finale to the Our Street programme, Illuminate Buxton will took elements from previous projects and wove them into spectacular projections of light and sound onto local landmark buildings.
Over four evenings in February, internationally-renowned projection mapping company Illuminos will lit up the town with their animations.
The free events were held on the evenings of:
Wednesday, 21st Feb. Fairfield Band Room
Thursday, 22nd Feb. Harpur Hill St. James' Church
Friday, 23rd Feb. Burbage Christ Church (inside)
Saturday, 24th Feb. The old Royal Hotel (above what was Track and Trail) Spring Gardens
Each projection will lasted between 10 and 15 minutes and cycled through showings over the course of the evening, so there were several chances to catch each one.
On Wednesday, 21st, Fairfield Brass Band opened the show in style with a special promenade performance.
On Saturday, 24th the projections were the finale piece to a bigger celebration event. The Our Street Youth Board organised bands and entertainment to play throughout the afternoon by the Turner Memorial, including original work composed during our Youth Board Music Development Days in association with High Peak Community Arts. At 6.30pm Two Left Hands led a procession of our wonderful Wye Dragon and fun, mini-projections created by Buxton schoolchildren along Spring Gardens, from Lomas to the Turner Memorial, to herald the beginning of the projection.
Deep in the heart of Derbyshire, beneath Buxton’s
streets and fields, dragons are sleeping.
Creatures of magic and wonder, they exist in element
state, Air, Earth, Fire, and finally Water, the largest and
most ancient, formed from the power of the other three.
Once every thousand years, on the full Snow Moon of
February, these Dragons can be woken from their jewellike
eggs, to dance in the moonlight, spread their
magic, and unite in celebration. We invite you to join
us, as they awake in turn.
Our Street: Through Your Eyes
The many faces of Spring Gardens
Buxton-based artist Linda Rolland has been asking a diverse range of local people for their perspectives on Spring Gardens.
Photographs, sketches and written work will be collaged into an artwork that will show Spring Gardens from a fresh angle. There may be surprising details hidden in plain view!
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 February half term 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
On your smartphone, click the link below!