Festival of the Earth in Wakefield Unveiled
As the summer festival period approaches, Wakefield Council is set to unveil its much-anticipated Festival of the Earth. Held across the Wakefield district, the festival will be made up of an array of events, workshops and activities. And it will run from July to October 2021.
The festival’s aim is to encourage attendees to consider how they support the environment. And, in doing so, protect Wakefield for future generations.
Festival of the Earth follows the previous Festival of the Moon, which drew 30,000 visitors in 2019. New for 2021, the accessible events range from the city’s former Market Hall hosting a dramatic sound and light installation to the Dandelions & Double Yellows online art gallery, a spectacular exhibition celebrating self-seeded, often overlooked plants that bring colour and softness to the streets. The festival allows those who attend to spend their days soaking up the festivities while learning new ways to protect the environment.
With Wakefield being home to internationally acclaimed cultural attractions including Yorkshire Sculpture Park and The Hepworth Wakefield, the Festival of the Earth gives festival-goers a chance to look again at some of their favourite venues.
Yorkshire Sculpture Park’s exciting new partnership with The Oak Project will use art to explore and address the climate emergency. The Hepworth Wakefield’s ‘Greening the City’ project will bring together young people and artists to create a sound installation commissioned for the Barbara Hepworth: Art & Life exhibition.
In addition, from 20-30 August Wakefield Cathedral will be home to a stunning seven-metre replica of Earth. Featuring detailed NASA imagery, each centimetre of the internally-lit sculpture represents 18 kilometres of Earth’s surface. This allows visitors to see Earth floating in three dimensions. It’ll also be accompanied by a specially produced surround-sound musical composition by BAFTA award winning composer Dan Jones.
20-22 August will also see table-top sand sculpture workshops, and pavement chalk illustrations. Street entertainers will be there too. As will Circo Rum Ba Ba’s The Whale – Plastic Ocean, an interactive outdoor performance featuring an 18-metre inflatable whale!
The festival is also an opportunity to re-engage with live music. There’s the return of Long Division Festival on the 25 September, and an accompanying programme of climate change-themed rehearsed readings and activities at the Theatre Royal Wakefield.
For those who fancy indulging in sustainable retail therapy, the festival is also a chance to discover delicious local produce and independent makers at a series of Speciality Markets.
The district’s libraries will also be hosting a fun programme of activities for both children and young adults. This will include a Summer Reading Challenge and Seaside on Tour, a series of interactive performances taking place in August.
Budding scientists can also enjoy 15 days of free bookable science and recycling workshops. In association with Renewi, these can be found at WX on Union Street from 21 August – 4 September.
You can learn more about the events taking place at the Festival of the Earth on the Experience Wakefield website: experiencewakefield.co.uk