Adam Buckeridge has created three amazing soundscape recordings, so grab a pair of headphones, sit down, chill and enjoy the first of these - Rural Soundscape.
Here's a teaser video of the latest Festival Echo by Adam Buckeridge:
The environment in which we live;
the environments that we love.
Let's keep our connection
with the sounds of nature.
Reflect on what's at stake,
what needs to change.
Soundscapes of our landscapes,
the preservation of beauty in nature
and our communities.
Music, editing, photos and videos by Adam Buckeridge.
Would you like a gift of beautiful pottery? We are placing Rachel Ho's porcelain pots around Stoke for you to find. Tell us in the comments below about your special place in the town and why? We will tell you when the free art is in your memorable place.
Go to our Facebook page and leave a message to say where you would like to find one in Stoke?
Find out more about the project on the Festival Echoes page Scarred.
The stunning new Festival Echo video 'Continue to Burn' by dancer and choreographer Steff D'Arcy is now live! Make yourself a coffee, turn up the sound and enjoy.
Artists Aisling Gallagher and Calum Perrin have created an audio composition, exploring the sonic experiences of disabled people during the pandemic.
Working with disabled and neurodiverse people in Stoke, Aisling and Calum facilitated workshops with participants, collecting experiences and sounds.
"What are the good and bad experiences of lockdown for disabled people? And how is the new normal effecting us?
With the help of participants, we wove elements and soundscape, interview and music, shaping the material into an audio piece to be shared online."
If you are local to Stoke-on-Trent why not save on postage for your Festival Mugs?
Collect on either Saturday morning: 5th or 12th December, 9am - 12noon.
Use the code on the website for the morning you want to collect:
And you'll have no postage to pay.
Address for collection is:
Denise O’Sullivan Ceramics
Summit Business Park
We're super excited to announce our new venture! Now you can own a piece of Festival Art!
We've teamed up with Denise O'Sullivan Ceramics to create these beautiful fine china mugs.
The designs are inspired by artworks created by Adam Pryce Illustrator and the local community of Stoke, for 'Proud of Stoke' at our last festival. Denise has adapted the designs to create a series of narratives across the four mugs; each design draws on an iconic Stoke-on-Trent feature, including the pottery industry past and present, the canals and the many green spaces around the city.
Beautiful and practical these mugs celebrate both the heritage of Stoke-on-Trent and the creative city today. Now you can enjoy your brew with some uplifting Festival Stoke art!
There are four to collect, so pop over to our new Etsy Shop and check them out!
What does the phrase 'rebellious female' conjure up in your mind?
Coming early in December 'Continue to Burn' is a dance film exploring female rebellion. Two females struggle against and support one another as they journey through an industrial landscape. Set to a composed soundscape of field recordings, synth and female voice, teamed with garments designed to reflect the industrial and rebellious nature of the work.
The film depicts a dance of strength, vulnerability and ever changing power dynamics, commanding the viewer to question their idea of the rebellious female.
We are delighted to see the final performance film of Undergrowth by Jack Philp and Hannah Bracher-Smith - it is so moving and so appropriate for the times we are living in.
"From our anxieties about change to themes of claustrophobia and growth, now more than ever, there feels like a necessity for artwork to help us reflect, process and communicate."
We hope you enjoy this as much as the Festival Stoke Team.
Jack and Hannah have been busy working on their Festival Echoes commission 'Undergrowth'. We love the outdoors location, a breath of fresh air. Here's a snippet from their filming and the full work will be available on Youtube in November.
Festival Stoke is a collaborative of creative people working together to make good things happen.