The more acutely logo aware readers out there may have noticed this logo on our flyers, posters, website etc,. It’s the Northern Festivals Network. A consortium of festivals committed to increasing the amount of high quality arts touring for families at greenfield festivals in the north of England. We are in extremely good company with some of the biggest and brightest festivals in the country and Cloudspotting Music & Arts Festival has been a proud member since 2015.
With the help of Arts Council England strategic funding, we aim to create an environment where a wide range of high quality outdoor family arts can thrive; utilising the work of great companies to develop audiences for family work outdoors. Since becoming a member Cloudspotting has seen the benefit of membership and has increased its arts offering reacting to feedback from festival attendees and engaging with the fantastic range of programming offered each year by the network.
This year we have Northern Festival Network supported programming throughout the festival and think that our offering is a fantastic fit for our location, audience and all round festival vibe. This year we have chosen pieces from across the arts including bespoke installations, performance, spoken word and dance. Some pieces will be in place or available all weekend, some are just for the day. Although extremely varied, they are all suitable for all, accessible, engaging, interactive and entertaining.
Between Still and Storm by Aidan Moesby and Tim Shaw, produced by Kerry Harker
Aiming to provoke contemplation and wonder, Between Stillness and Storm presents a large-scale sculptural installation generating audio and visual responses to changing weather conditions, in daylight and at night. The installation developed in response to the festival site, combines traditional and contemporary techniques for ‘sensing’ the weather, through both analogue and digital equipment such as atmospheric sensors, solar panels, anemometers and Crooke’s radiometers, using the weather itself as a source of power translated into sound, light and motion. Triggering personal responses Between Stillness and Storm provides an intergenerational and accessible platform for further exploration of how the weather and our state of mind are inextricably linked. Supported by the Northern Festivals Network, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. (All weekend)
Flit, Flap & Fly is a squawking adventure that follows a young bird’s frantic and funny journey towards independence, and his relationship with his fine-singing father. Suitable for all ages (but particularly aimed at 4-7 year olds and their accompanying big people) the audience is invited inside the nest, where they find themselves part of the daily life of a unique bird family.
Bursting with live music and audience participation, everyone can learn birdsongs and get ready to take flight for the first time.
FINE CHISEL are a multi award-winning theatre company and band from Bristol. Their shows blend playful storytelling with foot-stomping live music, and have been seen across the UK in theatres, pubs, village halls, schools, fields, streets, farms and more. Supported by the Northern Festivals Network, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. (Enchanted Forest – various times Sunday)
After years of travelling the road and enthralling audiences Madam Bridget has returned to her roots as a world famous fortune teller and tea bag reader. Madam Bridget invites you to join her in her little camp where she will regale you with stories songs slight of hand and mind reading that will leave you feeling completely agog. Supported by the Northern Festivals Network, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. (Friday – venue and times tbc)
Ian will remain on site throughout the weekend as our resident storyteller (Sat & Sun – venue and times tbc)
The OULALA Cabaret will be transporting you back to the “Belle Epoque ” and to the Twenties in Paris .Two dancers will bring back into life “La Goulue ” ,the queen of the French Cancan and Mistinguette the star of the Charleston.Come along and go ….OULALA !
Following the cabaret, learn how to Cancan in the pure French tradition with Lucie Labadie who has trained in the Cabaret style and performed with several Cabaret shows in France and in China .Now living in Stoke on Trent. Supported by the Northern Festivals Network, using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England. (Sunday – Cabin in the Woods 2-4pm)
Family Activities Programme
For more information about the full family arts programme available at Cloudspotting Festival this year, please visit our Family Activities page on the website. Tickets are still available for this years festival from our box office.