Transported arts project gathers pace

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A host of free events to raise awareness of a two-year, £2.6 million arts project in South Holland are taking place this month.

Interactive singing, xylophone playing, an acoustic folk band and a touring mosaic artist are some of the highlights for the latest round of events linked to Transported, a project to get more people in South Holland and Boston involved in arts activities.

Transported pop-up show Fanny's Flummery at The Tea Room, Holbeach.''Photo:  SG040613-114TW

Transported pop-up show Fanny's Flummery at The Tea Room, Holbeach.''Photo: SG040613-114TW

Since the project was launched in Holbeach on May Day bank holiday weekend, organisers of Transported have held a series of community consultations at events in Long Sutton, Spalding, Holbeach St Marks and Surfleet.

Programme director Nick Jones said: “The first month of Transported has been a very busy and interesting one for the whole team, moving from village to village and town to town so that people are aware of what it is.

“Since the launch, we have been rolling out events like Wrong Pong for young people, music pop-up events and theatre performances in new places.

“But the programme keeps getting bigger and more exciting so as more people see Transported events, they are understanding what it’s about, what the opportunities are and that they can their say about where it goes next.”

Events this week include artist Fiona Gurney bringing Mosaic in the Market to Crowland and Holbeach on Friday and Saturday respectively, beat boxing and percussion with professional singer Liz Lenten in Spalding town centre on Saturday and folk band Hoofbeat at Crowland Garden Centre on Sunday.

Fiona said: “Mosaic making will appeal to every age group, from pre-school to retired, and neither language nor physical ability will prove to be a barrier.

“There will be lots of colourful, enticing tiles and materials, some recycled and others that look like Smarties.”

Liz Lenten, who runs Scarlet Music in Spalding, said: “I’m thrilled to be involved in Transported because I live and work in South Holland where I already do lots of arts-based projects in the community.

“But many people just don’t think to come and try things or hear about what’s available, so we’re delighted that Transported is giving us an opportunity to share our activities with residents who wouldn’t normally get to see us.”

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