Free festival set to transform Doncaster

Pif Paf Theatre Company's Submercycle, which will be making an appearance during Right Up Our Street's DNweekeND.

Pif Paf Theatre Company's Submercycle, which will be making an appearance during Right Up Our Street's DNweekeND.

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DNweekeND – Doncaster’s first ever Right Up Our Street arts festival will see free entertainment, performances and installations from local and international artists transforming the borough from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 May.

From dry-land synchronised swimming experiences in the Sir Nigel Gresley Square fountains from Yorkshire Life Aquatic to the Pif-Paf Submercycle, where the people of Doncaster are invited to journey on a voyage of discovery under the seas in the town centre, and a camera obscura created by artist Nick Dawson – giving the chance to see Doncaster upside down – the weekend promises the opportunity to discover or do something truly unique in the town.

DNweekeND is the first inaugural festival to be organised by Right Up Our Street, Doncaster’s successful bid to Arts Council England’s ‘Creative People and Places’ fund. DNweekeND is part of the Yorkshire Festival Fringe, the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history.

It will also be hard to miss DNweekeND – with a total of 48 events taking place across 14 locations around Doncaster and surrounding areas of Balby, Bentley, East and Mexborough, including performances, workshops and surprising happenings at The Frenchgate Centre and The Waterdale Shopping Centre, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Sir Nigel Gresley Square (outside Cast), The Point, Doncaster Central Library and Mexborough Markets.

DNweekeND festival curator is Andrew Loretto, Creative Producer of Right Up Our Street. Andrew, previously Creative Producer for Sheffield Theatres, says:

“The DNweekeND is a chance for people of all ages in Doncaster to see and take part in a terrific range of arts events, performances and exhibitions. There is something for everyone to seek out in all sorts of nooks, crannies and public spaces in Doncaster town centre and further afield as part of the festival programme. Local artists and groups have really risen to the challenge and I hope audiences will want to try something new and have lots of fun in the process.”

Other highlights include The Endless Doodle - a special large-scale doodle on a shop hoarding in Frenchgate Centre led by international choreographer Wayne Sables and artist Charlotte Armitage, a multi-sensory, interactive installation, Triangulate, by Mike Hesp in the heart of the Waterdale Shopping Centre and the launch of Doncaster’s brand new free arts magazine, The Doncopolitan. Available from 10 May, the new monthly magazine will feature the full spectrum of Doncaster’s arts, music, fashion, society, alternative and entertainment culture.

Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip-hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, hits Cast with jaw-dropping performances by companies from around the world and around the corner. There are Breakin’ Convention free events in the Sir Nigel Gresley from 12 – 3pm, featuring breaking battles and live graffiti, with pre show events from 6pm and the main event at 7.30pm. There is also plenty for the smaller Doncaster resident to do over the weekend with a variety of activities for the whole family. For the really little ones there’s free Creative Dance Sessions for children aged 0-5 and their parents with Lyndsey Hunt - at 1.00pm and 2.00pm on Saturday at Waterdale Shopping Centre, as well as tons of workshops and hands-on activities to take part in.

DNweekeND is one of nearly 50 events that have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events. Visit www.yorkshirefestival.co.uk /Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - YFest2014.

For full details of programme please visit: www.rightupourstreet.org.uk/dnweekend