The Creative Takeover weekend is coming to Crewe for mid-term

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October 10, 2022

Cheshire East Council is working with the Crewe Cultural Forum to organize a ‘creative recovery weekend’ at Lyceum Square in Crewe to kick off the mid-term holidays this month.

The event will be organized by creative practitioners ’64 Million Artists’ – who will work alongside a new team of local cultural volunteers known as ‘Creative Champions’.

Creative Champions have already received training to help them develop their event hosting skills, with a focus on how to start conversations about creative programming and provide a foundation for understanding how to open community discussions on engagement with culture.

The weekend will feature a variety of creative installations and engagement activities, centered around Lyceum Square, to help spark conversations with locals about how they would like to engage with culture, creativity and heritage in Crewe and what they would like to see in the creation and community spaces in the future.

All of this activity is taking place at a very busy time for Lyceum Square, with the council’s Pride event also taking place on Saturday, October 22.

Customer Nick MannionCouncilor Nick Mannion, chairman of Cheshire East Council’s economy and growth committee, said: “It’s a very exciting time for Crewe and these upcoming events are really a taste of what’s to come. come.

“It’s really important that the people of Crewe shape the future of their town and that’s why I’m delighted to see ‘our new creative champions’ at the heart of this activity.”

Crewe Cultural Forum is a key partner for weekend activities. The forum – formed in 2018 – is a partnership working group made up of a wide range of community members, businesses and residents, all of whom agreed there was both opportunity and benefit. important in the growing cultural sector to come together to work collaboratively.

The forum developed the Crewe Cultural Strategy, which has been formally endorsed by both Cheshire East Council and Crewe Town Council.

Rhys Hopkin, Chairman of the Crewe Cultural Forum – and Theater Director of the Lyceum Theatre, said: “We can achieve so much more if we do things collaboratively and Takeover Weekend is a great opportunity to do that.

“I am delighted to say that our very own Lyceum Youth Theater will be performing as part of the celebrations to share that collective sense of pride and delight and with Pride also taking place on Saturday it really promises to be a brilliant time for all the people involved.

Crewe Takeover Weekend activities include:

  • An artistic journey in augmented reality
  • An interactive installation of bee hives;
  • Decorative window art adorning the windows of shops around the square by Victoria’s Art Studio;
  • Walkabout Interactive Interpreters The Alpaca Backpackers;
  • Interactive “drawing boards” by local artist Jay Neville; and
  • Crewe Lyceum Youth Theater performances

Activities are being organized to inspire and spark conversation ahead of planned developments in Lyceum Square, which will create more space and facilities for creative and cultural activities.

The weekend events will take place around Lyceum Square, Market Hall and surrounding areas. It will also coincide with an opportunity for residents to give their input on the design of a proposed new mural in Lyceum Square.

The council invites residents and visitors to come and see our creative champions to chat in the market sheds and attend the activity on the following days and times: Saturday October 22 from 10 am to 2 pm and Sunday October 23 from 12 pm to 4 pm.

To find out more about the work of the Crewe Cultural Forum or to find out how you can become a creative champion, please contact us by emailing [email protected]

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