In the DholDrums Community Parade

‘In the DholDrums’ Community Parade was a stunning and colourful event which engaged groups and individuals from the local area in the ‘Celebrate Blackburn’ Festival.

I spent the month of June working with community artist Sue Walpole¬† and with groups across Blackburn creating carnival costumes and structures on the theme of ‘Sunshine and Showers’. We both had a particular passion for creating work from recycled materials and much of the parade was created from waste from the textile industry, scrap art materials and recycled objects.

The project provided an opportunity for local people to experiment with new techniques, working alongside the artists to create large and impressive carnival structures which wowed the crowds at the festival.

The parade brought together people who would not normally have the chance to meet in a fun and friendly high profile event, helping break down barriers and broadening people’s experience and we are hopeful that this will become a key part of the annual Blackburn Festival.

The project was fun by Action Factory and funded by Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council as part of ‘Celebrate Blackburn.’

‘In the Dhol drums’ is a promenade drumming performance by Walk the Plank and this is the first time the performance has been accompanied by a community parade.


Specific workshops included;

  • Woven umbrellas
  • Fused plastic tiaras
  • Upcycled t-shirt creations
Great groups

Some of my work with community, school and youth groups making all kinds of things and meeting and working with wonderful people.

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