Animal Puppets On The March For Lichfield Festival

Wednesday June 6 2018

Free and Family events

4-14 July 2018

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L to R: Puppetry Parade; Hansel & Gretel (puppets Jan Zalud; photo: Phil Cooper); Trench Brothers (photo: Clive Barda/Arena PAL)

A parade of giant animal puppets is set to march through the streets of Lichfield to mark the opening weekend of the 2018 Lichfield Festival which runs from 4-14 July. 

Crowds are expected to line the route on Saturday 7 July as the puppets, which have been created by local groups working with professional artists, wind through the city accompanied by music from local performers.  The Festival Animal Puppetry Parade sets off at 6pm from Market Square

The procession finishes at the Cathedral where the evening’s concert sees local young musicians and singers join forces with Chetham’s School Symphony Orchestra to enact the story of Noah and his ark in Benjamin Britten’s children’s opera Noye’s Fludde.  The concert also includes a centenary performance of Holst’s much-loved suite, The Planets, with its famously menacing ‘Mars, Bringer of War’ and exciting ‘Jupiter, Bringer of Jollity’

Earlier in the day, there’s a chance soak up the atmosphere as the Florette Festival Market takes over Cathedral Close, Pool Walk and Dam Street with over 130 stalls from local crafters and food producers along with live entertainment and activities throughout the day. 

Lichfield Festival begins on Wednesday 4 July with a free event in the outdoor setting of the National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas.  Trench Brothers commemorates the contributions of ethnic minority soldiers during the First World War.  It features professional performers, including MOBO-nominated jazz singer Cleveland Watkiss, stunning puppetry and support from 120 local schoolchildren.

Another free event is Pop-Up@lichfieldfest on Saturday 14 July, when performers will take over unusual spaces across the city – from shops to corridors and waiting rooms. 

There are plenty of family-friendly shows to look forward to throughout the Festival including Ballet Cymru’s enchanting Cinderella which combines circus elements and classical dance (6 July); The Ministry of Biscuits, a hilarious musical comedy satire (7 July); and a music, dance and laughter-filled adaptation of The Owl Who Was Afraid of the Dark (11 July)

For older children, Goldfield Productions’ Hansel and Gretel (13 & 14 July) takes the words of internationally-renowned writer Simon Armitage, chamber music by Matthew Kaner, shadow play and hand-carved wooden puppets to create an evocatively eerie, darker slant on the familiar fable.

One of the region’s premier cultural events, Lichfield Festival draws around 40,000 visitors annually with its trademark mix of music, theatre, comedy, dance, talks and fun for the whole family.  Highlights include Strictly Come Dancing stars Neil and Katya Jones, the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, comedians Tom Allen and Mark Steel, restaurant critic and jazz pianist Jay Rayner, Ballet Cymru, The Malachites, Fascinating Aida star Liza Pulman’s Liza Sings Streisand, international soprano Lucy Crowe with La Nuova Musica and folk singers Kris Drever and Julie Fowlis.  There’s also a celebration of Bernstein and Gershwin and a series of events celebrating #ExtraordinaryWomen through music, theatre, literature and film. 

For more information visit www.lichfieldfestival.org or phone 01543 412121.