Kinetikas’ third year at the Mill Road Winter Fair saw the streets of Cambridge once again filled with vibrant colours, uplifting music and smiling faces.
We were thrilled to be involved once again with the ever growing and successful parade and it was great to see the community out in force on this crisp, bright Winters day to show their support.
This year Sofie Layton delivered a one day workshop with local teachers and artists to make crazy papier-mâché head dresses . These artists were then able to work in local schools with over 200 primary school children making head pieces for their parade. Edwina Rigby then led a backpack workshop to create and re use the beautiful mobiles from lasts years parade to make the striking flower backpack costumes.
“I was struck by the number of people who followed on this year; that seemed to me a real testimony to the enthusiasm and friendliness you generated. The colour and spectacle and joyous noise is something that will see us through the long winter days ahead.”
With thanks from Caro Wilson – MRWF Secretary
This year we took part in our second parade for Mill Road Winter Fair.
Ali Pretty, Iola Weir and Kitty Power trained 8 Cambridge based artists to make mobiles in their local community. 140 mobiles were made in total and each was carried in the parade, alongside Kinetika Design Studio costumes and the show-stopping peacock tower.
Local schools and community groups who took part in MRWF 2013 included: St Matthews primary School, St Philips Primary School, Ridgefield Primary School, Castle Project (now known as RF Castle Service), Brownies, Jimmy’s Night Shelter, Parkside Federation and more.
“everyone who was in Mill Road for the Saturday of the Fair will remember the wonderful Parade dancing down the middle of the Road, in a great colourful whirl of sight and sound; a really splendid centrepiece of another very successful Fair”.
Caro Wilson (Secretary of Mill Road Winter Fair)
An exhibition of the mobiles went on display on 21 May – 7 June at St Phillips Church on Mill Road.
We worked with Nicky Webb, a local resident and creative producer, dance teacher Verity Merryweather, music teacher Rebecca Lewis, and community Partnerships Manager/Drama Teacher, Kay Blayney each of whom gave us incredible support and enthusiasm and enabled the students to create a very memorable occasion.
Despite the poor weather, the parade was attended by thousands of happy onlookers, as well as the Mayor of Cambridge, Councillor Sheila Stuart (pictured) who led the parade.
Watch a video featuring an interview with Ali Pretty and some of the other people involved in the parade, below.
You can also see a short clip featuring our Kinetika Design Studio costumes animated by some wonderful dance routines, plus several pieces which featured in the Paralympic Closing Ceremony 2012. Watch it here.
“I led the carnival parade, which was a particular favourite of mine, and certainly added to the community spirit and festive atmosphere”.
Mayor of Cambridge