HighTide Summer 2021
Our HighTide Summer programme has been created and cultivated through partnerships with some of the leading education and community organisations, who also share HighTide’s vision of an East of England where everyone has the opportunity to share or encounter their story without prejudice and with joy.
This is the first season of participation projects under our refreshed artistic vision and recovery, creativity and joy are at the heart of our mission. With activity planned from Ipswich to Lowestoft involving over 100 diverse voices from across our communities, our work seeks to engage, inspire and uplift its participants, by creating spaces for ambition to be realised and power to be reclaimed. The art created through these projects will be allowed longevity through our commitment to legacy and building on this work in future years through developing strong regional partnerships.
Our programme will engage over 100 participants from the East of England from underrepresented backgrounds and create over 30 pieces of original artistic content.
My Summer in Pakefield – First Light and the Access Community Trust
HighTide Summer starts on Saturday 26th June at the First Light Festival, Lowestoft. There, HighTide will be sharing the world premiere of Ben Wetherill’s short audio play MY SUMMER IN PAKEFIELD performed by Amanda Abbingdon (SHERLOCK, MR SELFRIDGE). Then in partnership with the Access Community Trust, we will also be running a free drama project for 15-24 year olds in Suffolk over that week, which will give participants to listen and respond creatively to MY SUMMER IN PAKEFIELD, exploring the play’s themes of love, loss and personal identity.
Aspire Black Suffolk and Ipswich Museums
We are also partnering with Inspire Black Suffolk and Ipswich Museums to present a series of workshops to support their POWER OF STORIES exhibition, where three iconic costumes from Marvel Studio’s BLACK PANTHER will be displayed in a new exhibition at Christchurch Mansion in Ipswich. The workshops will be for young black people in Suffolk and hosted by a spoken word author and will focus on empowering and celebrating black identities and journeys.
More projects will be announced shortly. including partnerships with other partners including Creative Nation, 4YP and the Marina Theatre will be announced shortly.
If you are an education or community organisation in the East of England and would like to collaborate with HighTide on a future participation project then please do contact us Rowan Rutter, Executive Director: firstname.lastname@example.org.