Swindon Does Arts, which aims to get everyone in Swindon actively engaged in great arts activities, is hoping to stretch the current record for the longest festive bunting at its Big Arts Day at Lydiard Park on Saturday 10 July, 12 noon to 11pm.
The current world record for the longest line of bunting was set last October by an arts group in Southend. The bunting measured 2,158m, the same length as Southend pier, and was created by local schools and community groups.
To beat the record, thousands of pieces of bunting will need to be created, and when Head of Culture Swindon Helen Miah, right, launched the record attempt at Lydiard Park in May she urged Swindon residents to take up the challenge.
You can make pennants from any kind of material (except paper) and these can be made using a variety of techniques including knitting or crochet. Fabric paint, buttons, sequins or ribbons can also be used to decorate the individual pennants, which will be fastened together to make one giant decoration.
Helen explained, "This is a really great way of getting as many people as we can to engage with arts activities. People can express themselves through what they make – some people are making the bunting and putting their logos on it, one person is writing the first line of his favourite poem. The sky’s the limit.
"This is something most people can do, whatever their age, whether they’re very young and sticking on sequins, or even quite elderly. It’s a great way of bringing different age groups together, a community event. It’s fun to attempt a world record event – we’ll be taking part in something we can all be proud of."
Dorcan School, below, have already taken up the challenge, creating 150 pennants in their art class (relating it to the national curriculum) and hope to have at least 500 ready before the day.
Head of Art Sallie Ead said, "It’s been challenging for the students, but fun, they’re enjoying it."
12-year-old Tatenda Buyanga added, "It’s fun and something different. To try for a world record is good – we should go for it!"
The Samaritans are supporting the Swindon Does Arts world record attempt and have a host of materials available to be collected for free from their shop on Curtis Street.
Once you have created your pennant/s, you can drop it/them off at the Samaritans shop, the Wyvern Theatre in Swindon’s Town Centre or the Arts Centre in Old Town.
Anyone wishing to find out more, including templates of pennants, or who wants to get involved can find out more by visiting: www.swindondoesarts.co.uk/the-big-arts-day or email: email@example.com for more details.
The Swindon Does Arts team is busy planning the day and wants to make sure everyone can get involved. If you enjoy doing the arts in Swindon, sign up to the website www.swindondoesarts.co.uk to find out how you take part and stay up to date with all our news or catch us on Facebook.