Street dancing, knitting and a converted ice cream van are just some of the events being lined up for the launch of a £2.5 million arts project in South Holland and Boston.
Carter’s Park in Holbeach will stage the launch of Transported, a three-year drive to take arts activities into communities normally starved of creative events.
Plans for the launch on Sunday May 5 are being put together by Creative People and Places (CPP), a consortium of artists in South Holland and Boston determined to bring visual and performing arts to the masses.
Nick Jones, visaul arts manager for artsNK which is working alongside CPP to prepare a programme of events for the launch, said: “It’s all reaching a very exciting point in that we’re inviting artists to run different spaces in Carter’s Park to engage people who don’t normally get involved in arts.
“We have a story-telling space, an exhibition of men and their sheds, a space for families to knit things and local schools putting on live performances to show people.
“There will also be an interpretation of traditional maypole dancing that will exceed everybody’s expectations and the unveiling of a converted ice cream van representing the principle behind Transported which is to take art outside the traditional venues to places and people, regardless of age or experience.
“Transported is very ambitious and it’s something that has never been done before in the South Holland and Boston area.”
The project has been embraced by Holbeach Business Forum and the parish council who both see Transported as a major opportunity to boost the town’s profile.
Business forum chairman Dave Hudson said: “The Transported project is the most exciting opportunity for our community in many years because, as a business forum, we have been searching for ways to rejuvenate our town and this has fallen into our lap.
“The project will be launched in Holbeach in a spectacular way that will attract major media attention and we are so fortunate to have been chosen as hosts for the launch.”
Coun Peter Savory, Holbeach Parish Council chairman, said: “I believe this and other similar projects are good for the town and surrounding area because they will bring people into Holbeach.”