Troll Festival 2022, which will be held on June 25th at the Thurcroft Rec, will celebrate all things nature via art, crafts, music, and dancing, and we’d love for you to join us.

The Troll Festival, a collaboration between ROAR and Thurcroft Creatives, aims to raise environmental awareness, promote sustainability, and share the beauty of the natural world via the power of art and creativity.

Festival Day: June 25th, Thurcroft Rec 12pm-4pm
FREE creative workshops are available from May 13th through June 25th (see info below)

On the day, a procession will be held to celebrate all of the innovation that has led up to the event. Morwenna Catt, an internationally exhibited artist/designer specialising in textiles and sculptural fabrics, will create the parade’s massive puppet.

Artists: Morwenna Catt, Patrick Amber , Neath Champion-Shorr, Jennifer Booth, Phillip Padfield, Aralia Studios, Dead Earnest Theatre Company, Deborah Frith, Uzma Rani, Teresa Sayner.

Performers and workshops: Rotherham Drummers United, Sylwia Anna Drwal, Craig Vegas, Chris Bilton, Greentop Circus, Travelling Shadow Theatre.

Come express yourself and appreciate these one-of-a-kind creative opportunities at the free workshops.

In the weeks leading up to and on the day of the event, several of Rotherham’s incredibly talented artists will host creative workshops, performances, installations, and many other creative activities themed around nature, climate change, and the environment, bringing young people’s voices to the fore.

You are invited to attend any of these great workshops; please RSVP to team@rotherhamroar.org or simply show up at the location on the day.

Use the timetable below to decide which workshops you want to attend.

This opportunity is funded by South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) and distributed through Children’s Capitol of Culture, managed by ROAR and delivered in partnership with Thurcroft Creatives.

The Chapel Project

The Chapel Project

Does the area around Wentworth Woodhouse hold any special memories for you? We need your stories for a spectacular new art installation.

Celebrated Rotherham community artist Vicky Hilton’s new project, aims to explore the historical and current voices of local working-class people with ties to Wentworth Woodhouse.

Learn more and get involved here >

New ROARing Times

COMPANY

Exciting news, ROAR is setting up a new dance company for the over 50’s, called Company.

(There are two siblings, COMPANY Sense and COMPANY LifeAct)

Company is a weekly movement session for over 50’s with a focus on creating performance and having this focus gives a real sense of purpose to the group. Digital dance shorts will be produced during every session and shared as an ongoing performance that grows over time as well as live performances every few months.

Company is for anyone, people who have never been to a dance class before, people who danced when they were younger and want to start again and also ex-professionals.There are the obvious physical benefits to dancing but there is also the social interaction that comes with dancing. The name Company is also a definite nod towards the social aspect of dance, meeting and moving in a space with other people is so important, it impacts really positively on the feelings of isolation some older people feel, especially in the present times.

“Company does not have a style or dance technique as such but rather works with the people in the room and their physicality, creating a style of itself. We are used to seeing young athletic performers at the peak of their capability, fantastic of course, but that should not be it, dance should be performed by everyone at every age and physical abilities, the qualities will be different, the difference is magical, it is a joy.” Matt Butt, lead choreographer for the project.

Company also challenges the perceptions of what people can achieve later in life both to the performers themselves but also to the audience, their families and friends.

Company is open to new members, they meet every Wednesday 6.30pm-7.30pm in Rotherham Town Centre at ROAR’s Artspace on Westgate. The first session of the Autumn will be on 20th October.If you would like to come along and join in with a session, you are very welcome, there is parking nearby and we have a lift for anyone with mobility issues.

To find out more please email matt@rotherhamroar.org or call 07429645357.

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