LIT is a brand new festival created in 2019 by The Hamilton Project, working with our funding partners – the Arts Council, Macclesfield Town Council and Cheshire East Council. We wanted to respond to the challenge from the Arts Council to develop a programme that takes risks and try new ideas.
The festival collaborates with key partners, including community venues and spaces (churches, chapels, library and parks), Macclesfield Museums, Barnaby Festival, Treacle Market and local arts organisations/collectives, individual artists and schools. Our key successes from 2019 were testing new sites such as West Park and its museum with promenade performances and installations across the park working with 154 Collective and two local artists as a development opportunity; creating six newly commissioned stories from authors inspired by a day in Macclesfield; producing a programme of high quality creative workshops delivered by creative professionals – clearly inspiring a local audience; and bringing newly commissioned works that were on edge of what Macclesfield has experienced before: a night of Polari with a new work/show by Jez Dolan which will now go on tour.
A sample of our audience feedback:
“I love seeing the museum used this way and will try and see more live music with the children.”
“Loved the creativity and interactivity of the story. Very good to make the park come to life at night.”
“Brilliant night. Well done Macc! I grew up here – it was never like this before!”