The Little Big Festival, staged in Old Town’s beautiful Victorian Town Gardens celebrate its 3rd birthday on Sunday 24 April from 2 – 4pm.
One of the best presents is new sponsorship from local estate agents Richard James who have given £1,000 towards running costs. “We are over the moon with this new partnership which will secure the future of the festival for the coming year,” said festival organiser Josie Williams, Community Arts Development Officer at Commonweal School.
“Richard James are proud to support the Little Big Festival in 2016 who, like us, share the same value for the people of Swindon.
“We love being a part of such great events and are passionate about supporting our local community. We look forward to seeing you there!” said Tara Plaister from Richard James who will be handing out balloons to children on the day.”
The afternoon, centred around the bandstand, begins at 2pm with speeches from Commonweal’s head teacher Keith Defter and Robert Buckland QC MP, Conservative Member of Parliament, South Swindon HM Solicitor General for England & Wales. This is followed by the cutting of the birthday cake, children’s games (including a piñata), storytelling and music from Commonweal School and a ladies barbershop quartet called Chord en Bleu.
“We are so excited to once again be performing at The Little Big Festival. The series of events in the park is what helps make Old Town such a special place to live and work. Commonweal are very active in the local community giving opportunities to a wide range of ages and abilities in the borough of Swindon,” said Ali Sutcliffe Head of Performing Arts, Commonweal School.
The children’s games are delivered by Swindon Borough Council’s Fostering recruitment team who will be joining in the celebrations, sharing information and advice about how to become a foster carer.
The team will be on-hand to answer all your questions and enter into the party spirit with a selection of children’s games. Foster carers receive payment and allowances to help cover their time and expenses, along with free ongoing training to develop their skills. If you can’t make the festivities, please call (01793) 464329 or go online at www.swindon.gov.uk/fostering
The Wyvern Theatre team will also be in attendance delivering children’s activities based on their upcoming production of David Williams’ Gangsta Granny. Younger children can also enjoy stories about fairy folk with story teller Tracey Hewitt.
Partners Swindon Community Radio 105.5 will be there to record the event and are helping to promote the weekly events. Swindon Borough Council’s ‘Swindon Does Arts’ initiative support the festival by spreading the word, so it is very much a community event.
There will also be art exhibitions and demonstrations by local artists. This is coordinated by festival volunteer Caroline Day who is herself a brilliant artist. Artists taking part are: Emily May, Tracey Hewitt, Rosie Leather, Caroline Day, Mammy wagon, Terry Humphries, Susan M D Carr, Carmen Norris, and Swindon Open Studios.
Caroline Day, The Little Big Festival’s arts co-ordinator, said “The level of expertise and dedication from the visual artists keen to share their skills by running workshops, exhibiting and demonstrating techniques is immense. TGLBF organisers are thrilled that so many visual artists signed up for our birthday celebrations and many are booked in for the following weekends until the end of September.
“The level of support from the community, friends and family for the visual artists has been extremely encouraging. We are keen for visual artists to continue to exhibit on a weekly basis within the gardens and hope that people continue to visit, support and purchase the art work for themselves or as incredibly unique gifts,”