Tale Be Told Theatre, in partnership with Feltham Arts, presented a special performance, ‘All About Us’ on Saturday 17th June. The performance draws together the stories of Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth residents, to celebrate the area and the local communities that make it what it is today.
‘All About Us’ is a celebration of the diverse cultures that make up Feltham, Bedfont and Hanworth. The play was a verbatim-led, interactive performance that has been shaped by local people thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery Fund. The performance featured as part of the annual grassroots Feltham Festival 2017.
After successfully applying to the Big Lottery Fund’s Celebrate programme, ‘All About Us’ was awarded £9715 which has been used to hold a series of community based workshops and events to collate stories of local people. These stories have been brought together and performed by a cast of professional actors for a one off performance.
“The performance has been a highlight of the festival programme and embraces the audience as participants - with the show itself designed by the input and interactions of the whole community to create a unique event and shared experience. The project has seen local facilitators and artists work with local community groups from a variety of generations and cultures, in different settings, to help collate tales told by local people about their experiences of living in the area.
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Feltham Arts has 30 years experience in producing visual, outdoor arts shows and carnivals, having performed both in Hounlsow most recently at the Night of Festivals and in major London events such as the London New Years Day Parade and Thames Festival. Some of our work is site specific, this has included World Heritage Site Kew Gardens and Hampton Court Palace. Outdoor events provide immersive experiences that invite local communities and audiences to contribute to the story or performance.
Acts as a catalyst for social interaction
Animates public space
Creates access to live performance
Access to the arts for all
Celebrates cultural diversity
The setting for arts projects with older people is mainly across sheltered accommodation in Hounslow, providing a weekly programme to residents. Creative writing, storytelling, dance, textiles, printmaking, ceramics and painting are just some of the art forms offered. Artworks produced contribute to exhibitions, installations or performances throughout the year, notably the annual Feltham Festival and 60+ Festival in Hounslow.
Improved health and wellbeing
Residents participate more in community life
Residents are given more opportunities to use their skills and time
Feltham Festival takes place each year throughout May and June.
The Festival has become a calendar fixture renowned for showcasing exciting emerging local artists, music, variety shows, visual arts and high quality community arts. Last year we celebrated the Festivals’ 20th Anniversary. The festival continues to act as a conduit for the best emerging talent in the borough to appear alongside established artists from across London.
We have worked in co operation with many talented local groups and organisations to select and design activities and projects for people of all ages to enjoy.
The magic and creativity the festival brings is very special to all of us, allowing local community and audiences to enjoy a broad range of interesting projects and workshops in arts, dance and community activities or to showcase work through exhibitions or to a live audience.
NIGHT OF FESTIVALS
In partnership with ArtReach, Feltham Arts was delighted to be a part of the Night of Fesitvals Hounslow for a second year, this year brought a vibrant line up of world artists and musicians with a special focus on South Asia, helping to mark the 70th Anniversary of Indian and Pakistani independence. The colourful carnival from world renowned Mandinga Arts and local community groups, including the Highfields Youth Arts Club, Aluminae Dance, Tale be Told Theatre's Young and groups took place throughout each day. With Brazilian baianas, cheeky lizards and frogs, spinning lotus flowers and more. Performers and musicians from the community also performed in procession and in front of the main stage. Acts included the Tamil Foundation, Bhangra Punjabian Da and Feltham Asian Womens' Dance.