Artist - Andy Shaw
It’s been a very special year. We’ve been working so hard on developing community involvement and participation.
The Parbold Street Festival is about trying to get people to be involved in all aspects of the program activities. This is a good feature. Our work and process gives people confidence.
All of a sudden people are running with new ideas and wanting to take a lead in the event. But not only that, they come with fresh new innovative suggestions that are far better than we could have as expected.
There is an overwhelming desire from residents to take a lead role in this project. With empowerment new people are given creative responsibilities.
A festival of this nature is not solely aimed at spectators but perhaps more importantly to facilitate participation. We've got this huge interest and all of a sudden people, last year’s spectators are queueing to get involved.
Teacher - Dr Les Cutting
Community workshops in the village hall and the Women's Institute were used for designing and building the Dragons and all the parade props.
During the six-week summer holidays, children from nursery to sixth form age, created ideas and transformed these into three-dimensional artefacts.
The practical activities involved art, design and technology, fine motor skills and lots of experiential learning. By utilizing canes, paper and all different types of fabrics, in a safe and supervised environment, the creators, by using scissors, sellotape, paper, paint, glue, fabrics and twigs produced two parade dragons and tons of props for the two-day event.
Jo McCrae - Mother & Dancer
I carry the head of Sunny the Dragon and lead the processions down the High Street. There are two parades over the weekend. My involvement started in the workshops in the village hall by supporting kids in the workshops. They were all thrilled and absolutely adored the dragons. The friendly dragon gives us a magical event that goes far beyond being only for children. Adults and the Parbold residents take great interest and are very proud and possessive about their fruit eating dragons. They take great pride in their event.
Al Hart - The Spirit of the Drums Workshops
The drumming workshops bring people together. Good rhythm and drumming is a fantastic thing for getting people to successfully mix and integrate. This weekend complete strangers have come together and are now successfully participating in the parades. The process of participating in the festival has connected people and is a great example of social cohesion.