BREATHE at St Mary’s Old Church 26th February to 20th March

BREATHE is a three-week festival celebrating AIR, that precious element which we all share, and which connects us to the earth. It takes place within an ancient, sacred building, in which people have come together to sing and celebrate for 1000 years. Join us to hear inspirational performances from leading musicians, and to sing, dance and meditate in this unique setting.

The festival is centred around VOX: a multi-sensory wind harp installation by Output Arts. The main programme features performances and original commissions and collaborations from artists, musicians, dancers and storytellers responding to the themes of breath, wind & air, and to the sound of the harp. Contributors include BishiKarine PolwartCandoco Dance Company and Sam Lee.

Tickets are on sale – please look through events below.

Around this we are running a community art project, involving schools, cultural centres and diverse faith groups in the planting of TILT: a mass of paper windmills in the churchyard.

There is also the opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds, to join in an exciting community singing project, KITE led by internationally renowned interdisciplinary artist Ansuman Biswas.

The sound& light installation VOX will be open regularly to the public, including some evenings with a pop-up bar, as well as for BREATHING SPACE: an opportunity to experience the wind harp in silence, between 12noon and 1pm every day except Monday, with occasional guidance from diverse meditation practitioners.

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We are looking for a team of enthusiastic volunteers to support the festival. Get involved!

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