There will be a number of interactive workshops and activities taking place in various locations throughout the day – please see below for details.
“Have-A-Go” Circus Arts > Cathedral Green > 12pm – 4pm
Learn how to hula hoop, swing poi and staff, master diabolo, juggle balls and rings, and much more with talented, experienced circus arts performer and teacher, Michaela McQueen. Michaela is a professional circus artiste specialising in aerial strop. She has over 12 years experienced in circus arts, fire dancing, street performance and teaches circus workshops. Her passion for the performing arts started from the young age of 5. Her first introduction to circus came when she completed a National Diploma in Performing Arts in 2007. She started to learn visual artistry with LED and Fire equipment and became a member of Fuse Performance when she completed her course in 2009. Fuse Performance gave her the opportunity to work in street arts, and to teach others with youth circus skills workshops. She has continued working in circus arts after studying at a circus school in Bristol and will be here at Exeter Street Arts Festival to share her skills.
6 Hour Hoopathon > Bedford Square > 10.30am – 4.30pm
Help us to achieve our goal of keeping at least one hoop spinning every single second between 10.30am and 4.30pm. There can never be too many hoopers, but there must never be fewer than one to keep it going! Either bring your own hoop, or come and use one of ours. Just rock up and join in – music will be provided. Suitable for all ages. Hosted by Sunshine Ts & Hoops.
Graffiti Art Workshop > Bradninch Place (alongside Exeter Phoenix) > 11am – 4pm
Come and join one of the best graffiti artists in the South West to create some colourful, collaborative graffiti art in the city centre. Hosted by Miss C’s Graffiti Academy.
Dance Workshop > Princesshay Square > 12.30pm – 1.30pm
No pressure, no partner required, and a friendly, lively atmosphere guaranteed! Try out a number of dance styles including: Salsa, Kizomba, Jive, and Westcoast Swing. Suitable for Beginners. Hosted and led by Abes Cisse with guest tutors from London and Cuba.
Breakdancing with Lou Latham & Urbanflow > Guildhall Shopping Centre > 4pm – 4.30pm
Interactive Storytelling Theatre / Monster Tableau / Medieval Martial Arts > Cathedral Green > 10am – 4pm
Widsith & Deor Storytelling Theatre present the Cabaret Tipi, hosting a dazzling array of storytelling, theatre, spoken word, and medieval martial arts. Some of the attractions will include: The W&D Monster Tableaux, Geraldine the Dinosaur walkabout by artist Kenson Low, performance poetry with the Grand Bard of Exeter, Jackie Juno, and ‘Have-a-Go’ Medieval Martial Arts with Wyverntales. Just head for the Tipi on the cathedral green! http://widsithdeor.com/
Alternative Guided Tours around the city centre with Substance & Shadow Theatre > 11am – 4pm
After being nominated as finalists in this year’s prestigious Exeter Living Awards, Substance & Shadow Theatre return with the much loved Melvyn and Shirley and a goody bag of cultural surprises! If you think that our city centre is just a place for buying new undies and dental floss then think again! Melvyn and Shirley will pull back the net curtains between past and present to reveal a city rich with heritage. From Charles Dickens to The Rolling Stones, a pick ‘n’ mix of brain teasers and free lollipops to tickle your mind, Melvyn and Shirley will change the way you view our glorious city forever. Buying new boots and panties will never be the same again! http://substanceandshadow.co.uk/
Shakespeare by the Quay: a promenade show exploring love in Shakespeare with Sun & Moon Theatre > Exeter Quay > Three chances to see the show: 12pm, 2pm, and 3.30pm
Formerly Midsummer Madness, Sun & Moon Theatre is an independent theatre company, founded on exploring delight in classical texts and literary adaptations. In their promenade performances at Exeter Quay, they will take you on a stroll where you will meet Shakespearean characters in a series of vignettes that explore love and its many facets. Witness these characters in natural everyday surroundings, without a doublet or hose in sight! Catch Romeo and Juliet under a tree, overhear Beatrice and Benedick on a walk, peek in on Valentine and Proteus having coffee, etc. Watch these classical stories unfold with contemporary eyes and experience Shakespeare in a new light! Meet at The Coffee Cellar on the quay at the times shown above to take part!
Shumba Arts Drumming & Dance Workshop > Heavitree Pleasure Grounds > 2pm – 4pm
Shumba Arts deliver high quality, creative workshops, classes and courses in drumming, music, dance and song all around the south west. At the heart of their work is a passion for the transformative power of celebratory arts. They draw upon their extensive knowledge of rhythms, dances and songs from the African Diaspora to create workshops that build self-confidence, teamwork, self-expression and ignite a passion for life! They are also commited to building relationships with people and places in Africa through their “Shumba in Africa” projects.
Xray Spexercise – 45min Workout > Heavitree Pleasure Grounds > 12pm and 1.15pm
A fun, family friendly workout that mixes aerobics with punk dance moves to a classic punk playlist. Led by Charlie Berg.
Aerial silks workshops with the amazing Silkestrella > Heavitree Pleasure Grounds > 1.30pm – 4.30pm
Acrobatics Workshop with Funky Fi > Heavitree Pleasure Grounds > 2pm – 3pm
Join in for some acrobatic fun. We will be doing some basic tumbling such as forward rolls and cartwheels. We’ll have a go at some partner acro-balance moves before moving on to bigger human pyramids. Everybody welcome! The workshop is suitable for any age and fitness level and no previous experience necessary.
Funky Fi Street Show > Heavitree Pleasure Grounds > 12.45pm and 3.45pm
Meet Funky Fi – she’s fun, she’s funky and a little bit cheeky. And she’s trying to get on top of her 5 metre pole which is a long way up…Can she find a hero in the crowd to help her out? This is a highly interactive 30 minute street show with lots of comedy, circus skills and acrobatics 16 feet off the ground! Suitable for and enjoyed by all ages.