arlier in the week, the What’s On guide shared details of some family theatre coming to the Riverfront this weekend. It has now emerged that this day is going to be even better than previously expected. It is all part of the Grow Wild Takeover at the Riverfront which means a full day of entertainment on offer, much of which will be free (my favourite kind)!
Grow Wild is a Big Lottery Fund backed campaign which works to transform disused spaces by planting wild flowers and plants. They also work to raise awareness of the importance of wild flowers. According to their website the UK has lost 97% of its wild flowers meadows since the thirties. This has a big impact on lots of wild species, including butterflies and bees.
Saturday’s performances and installations came out of a rallying call for 12-25 year olds to produce creative performances and pieces of art to raise awareness of native wildflowers. Winning applicants received £500 funding to get their projects started.
There will be a whole host of performances throughout the day, including interactive storytelling, contemporary dance, a circus silk performance, and a live comic strip.
Here is the line-up for the day:
10.30 am Growing up by Louby Lou Storytelling
An interactive story telling session. Tickets required. Check out our What’s On guide for more details.
11.30am Me and my Bee by ThisEgg
A new comedy performance for children and adults alike. Tickets required. Check out our What’s On guide for more details.
2pm Symbiosis by Emma Cat
A combination of aerial silk acrobatics and time lapse projection. Free event, no ticket needed but arrive in good time to grab a good seat.
2.30pm Regeneration by Zak Douglas
This is a spoken word piece. Free event, no ticket needed.
3pm Grow Together by Pain in the Arts
A multi-media experience is on offer from this Swansea group. They will utilise time-lapse footage, hand-made props, costumes and live music. I like the sound of this one – make sure you arrive a bit early to grab a good seat.
3.15pm Botanica by Poppy Roberts
An interpretive dance piece based which was created in collaboration with the curator of the Treborth Botanic Gardens.
3.30pm Live Comic Strip by Ben Hughes
A live comic strip combining live and pre-drawn frames. This performance is inspired by the endangered Scarlet Malachite Beetle.
This is a great opportunity to see some young creative talent from across Wales, including Newport, Brynmawr and Cardiff.
There will be other installations and performances set in and around the riverfront during the day. Full details of these can be found on the Grow Wild website.