A Community Celebration: Brandon Fire & Flint
Brandon Fire&Flint was a truly incredible example of a community working together to celebrate their town. This summary gives you a chance to hear from some of the people who worked on the project and took part on the day.
Maps featured in both the activities of the Brandon and District History Society’s and Wysing Arts Centre, who encouraged visitors to think about places significant to Brandon’s history, and those that are important to them.
‘A true spirit of community was felt at the Fire and Flint event and I was delighted to be a part of it. The quality of the body art and the projection mapping was superb. The lantern parade was a great success with lots of children joining in and The Great Baldini kept the crowds entertained with his fire eating. A massive well done to the Market Place event team, nothing but great comments. Katherine Nightengale, Creative Agent for Fenland
Residents enjoyed demonstrations from Heritage Crafts people including Mike Willet who hand makes historical instruments. The specialists were on hand to speak about their skills and trade, and even let some lucky people have a go themselves.‘Congratulations to everyone involved – it was lovely to see so many people of all ages having a great time. People really enjoyed the market stalls and crafts then the lantern parade kicked things up a gear leading up to the awesome projection show, a very special day. John Yarrow, Projects and Events Officer
Audiences enjoyed the flashmob performances from Shoestring Theatre, which brought a lot of excitement to the Market Hill area.‘It was a joy to see the Brandon community coming together to celebrate, participate and help make such a wonderful day. My thanks go to all involved as it was clear that every volunteer, stall holder, entertainer and organiser were fully committed to ensuring the event was a success. As a Market Place consortium member it was immensely satisfying for me to experience the positive work being undertaken by the project in Brandon; and as a member of the public I learnt many new facts and had great fun! Nathan Jones, Director of ADEC
The Great Baldini kept the crowds entertained all day. Our Creative Agent, Ali Atkins, was persuaded to join in as well.
Visitors to the library enjoyed poetry reading by the Suffolk Poetry Society, Story walks with Dave Tong, and a book signing with Britains first fire woman Josephine Reynolds.‘It was wonderful to see this all come together. This project was a true collaborative effort from local businesses, Brandon Town Council, and above all the Brandon Creative forum. We cannot wait to work with you all again. Kayleigh Boyle, Communications Officer
Residents from Brandon enjoyed the arts activities put on by the local arts society, cupcakes and pizzas (the Market Place team got through quite a lot of both), and the History Society’s Tea Dance.‘It was a fabulous afternoon followed by a spectacular Light Show (I just loved the deer peering out through the forest). And thank you so much for inviting me to the forum. I have loved the whole process from start to finish and have really enjoyed working with everyone. Frances Laws, Brandon Creative Forum Member
The activities of the day moved into the evening as local musicians took to their stage. Students from local schools, and everyone who had made one during the day, displayed their beautiful lanterns on a parade around town.‘Brandon is a very special place and it is amazing how a community can come together and put on such a super event like Fire and Flint on Saturday, there was a lovely vibe in the town all day and so much for families to get involved in. We really feel that the whole thing came together extremely well and we loved meeting so many from the community through our workshops. Thank you for choosing us to be part of this special event. Sasha Spasic and Dan Shorten, Anomic Media
The body artists and models, who had been working tirelessly all day, finally got a chance to show everyone the results of their efforts. The models looked spectacular and led in perfectly to the finale.
The digital mapping show was the highlight of the day. After weeks of collecting stories from local residents and learning about Brandon’s history, Dan Shorten created a unique display that showcased Brandon in all its glory. It was worth all the hard work and was a truly incredible end to the day.‘This was an exceptional event. I’m so proud of the commitment and enthusiasm of the Brandon Creative Forum members who helped plan and deliver this over many months. It’s been a real pleasure to work with and in the community of Brandon, this event could not have been pulled off without everyone come together as they have. There has been a wonderful atmosphere and great buzz all day today. It’s exciting to see families in Brandon participate in arts activities and for local residents to really embrace this events as their own.’ Ali Atkins, Creative Agent for Forest Heath and Event Manager for Fire&Flint
To find out more please contact Ali Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org, our Creative Agent for Forest Heath.