Rotherham Show & Diversity Festival 2023

Rotherham Show & Diversity Festival 2023

Project overview

Rotherham’s biggest cultural festival in the beautiful surroundings of Clifton Park will welcome over 60,000 people over 2 days with a packed programme of music, dance, theatre, and circus; places to play and places to rest; performances to make you smile and think; blooms, bakes, and tasty treats; with community, creativity, togetherness, and joy at the heart of it all! 

Rotherham Show 2023

For the first time ever at Rotherham Show Flux Rotherham brought you an entire festival village! Filled with workshops and performances all inspired by and from areas across the Rotherham Borough. Thank you to everyone who joined Flux Rotherham at the festival village for free workshops, performances and much more!

Performances

Rotherham Drummers United opened the festival village with a rousing set of drum beats and rhythms.

Followed by regular intervals of The Bewonderment Machine, a magical cycle-powered ride-on carousel and miniature theatrical flight of the imagination from A Bird In The Hand Theatre. Shahina provided an energetic zumba set, encouraging audience members to join in the activity.

Ray Hearne created beautiful poems for Rotherham, inspired by the sights and sounds taking place at the show. He captured your words, thoughts and memories and weaved them into a special love letter to Rotherham Show!

Sunrit Culture Group performed a colourful celebration of traditional Indian dances alongside beautiful storytelling, paying homage to spaces around Clifton Park itself.

Performing traditional dances, Wath Morris Minors brought sticks and handkerchiefs to dance to tunes of traditional English folk songs. They are a new Morris Dancing group specifically for children. Well-known to Flux Rotherham, The Tamil Group, who have regularly performed at Ferham Festival, took to the performance area to dazzle the audiences on the bright afternoon.

Workshops

Community Connects CIC brought two different workshops for each day of the show! On Saturday, they make nature inspired monograph prints with artists Rachel and Teresa. On Sunday they worked with sculptor Jason to help make your own aluminium embossed medals.

Artist Mandy Keating brought the fun of a photobooth to the show. You created your own wonderful props to colour in and design yourself and then pose using the frames.

Artist/designer Ellie Way helped you create your own personal travel poster featuring a favourite place in the borough. You made wonderful personalised bowls and clay creations with ceramicist Emma Wilson.

Artist Hazel, helped you create flower and leaf prints by using a mallet to bash plants that are sandwiched between paper and acetate. The result created beautiful natural patterns.

Provided by Artful Make it Happen you helped artists Evelyn and Sally bring a climate hero for Rotherham to life. Young creatives were able to get imaginative with clay to help us take action for climate and nature recovery.

 

Rotherham Show 2023 photos by Sam McQueen

 

Rotherham Show 2022

Run by Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, this year's show was also supported by Arts Council England, Without Walls, Flux Rotherham, Rotherham Diversity Festival & Children's Capital of Culture.  

With a full programme of family-friendly activities throughout the weekend, Rotherham Show brought a mix of spectacular indoor and outdoor performances including Timeless by Joli Vyann, The Hidden Music of The Trees by Jason Singh, Vegetable Nannies by Plunge Boom and Rascally Diner by LAStheatre. All supported by Outdoor Arts Consortium, Without Walls.   

Timeless by Joli Vyann | Photo credit James Mulkeen

The Children and Families’ Area was packed with activities perfect for kids of all ages, including the wondrous Fish Mobile created by Kaleider and Rotherham’s Young Producers, The Not So Grimm Twins by Wrongsemble, an interactive Godzillatown maze by Whalley Range All Stars and fantastic activities from Grimm and Co, Clifton Park Museum Team and Library Hub. 

Children exploring Godzillatown
Children exploring Godzillatown | Photo credit James Mulkeen

On Sunday we joined the re-launch of Rotherham Creative Network with an hour of music, poetry and conversation. It was great to hear our local creatives speak so passionately about their own work, opportunities, challenges and why they do what they do.  

If you want to get involved in the Creative Network, please visit http://www.artfulonline.org/rotherham-creative-network/ 

  

Rotherham Diversity Festival   

 

This year Flux was able to support the long-running Diversity Festival, a celebration of diverse communities, groups, cultures and experiences. The festival is community led with key infrastructure support from Rotherham Ethnic Minorities Alliance and vital support from SENSE.  

The festival, which took place in the Made in Rotherham area, welcomed a range of artists, demonstrations, stall holders and performers.  

Friends of Palestine Stall | Photo credit Faiza Omar

Some of the Groups that attended are; Rotherham Interfaith Group, Friends of Palestine, BME Parent and Carers Group, SENSE, The Rainbow Project, Apna Haq, Nayi Zindagi, and new for this year Rotherham Sudanese Group, Rotherham Spanish Church and Ukraine Together.   

Diversity Festival worked with young BAME people to design activities that they wanted to see as part of the show - these were delivered in partnership with Saif’s Boxing gym and Unity Boxing gym with pop up demos and a special visit from boxing champion Kash Ali, European Heavyweight. Sahara brought their Bhangra beats back to the Rockingham Stage and pulled a huge crowd in for the Saturday headline slot.  

Boxing champion Kash Ali with Ukraine Together group members | Photo credit Luke Walsh

Other elements included a Tai Chi performance, Hoop and Zumba classes.  

The Asian Bazaar was also a central part of Made in Rotherham with opportunities to buy delicious food, sumptuous fabrics, jewellery and clothing.   

A huge thank you to all involved who volunteer tirelessly to ensure the festival happens and supported this year's Diversity Festival. See you next year! 

 

Photos taken by James Mulkeen, Faiza Omar and Luke Walsh.

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