Festival of Theatre, Music & Dance


Published 27 May 2022 at 1:12pm

Grimm & Co has announced the dates for an exciting pop-up festival, known as Grimm’s Gathering, which celebrates stories and features masterclasses with leading musicians, authors and artist workshops.

The festival of theatre, music and dance, will take place at the Old Town Hall and Linger Longer Lane in Rotherham from 10am to 4pm on 31st May, 1st June and 4th June, supported by the Children’s Capital of Culture and funded by the South Yorkshire Mayor’s ARG Arts & Culture Fund.

The streets surrounding the Old Town Hall will be alive with street theatre and wandering musicians. There will be drop-in and make activities for young and old, from puppets with Patrick Amber, carnival-inspired headdresses and masks with artists from the UK Centre of Carnival Arts to pop-up cards with Paper Engineer Alex Bennett and origami adventures with Nick Origami.

The event will also include:

  • Music making for under 7s with BBC Radio 2 Folk award nominated Rosie Hood.

  • Opportunities for older lyricists, singers and rappers age 13+ to join one of the PATTERN Masterclasses to refine their vocal talent, lyric-writing and performance skills with support from music industry professionals such as Coco, Sarah Jay Hawley (Massive Attack) and Seppy (Deuxe).

  • Sing or rap at the PUSH Performance Day for a chance to win a slot at Tramlines 2022!

Artists Trish O’Shea, Mooney Wainwright and Karen Hall want to hear your stories of Rotherham and how you made it your home. There will be theatre for the under 7s with tales of grumpy crabs and owl babies. A dance class in Flamenco with Rosamaria Cisneros professional dancer and Romani studies scholar, and several events to get your write-on with published authors and writers, including Jenni Spangler, LD Lapinski and Journalist Susan Downer.

Deborah Bullivant, Founding Director of Grimm & Co said, “We are delighted to be able to celebrate stories of all shapes in this exciting festival, and can’t wait to welcome families and young people from across Yorkshire and beyond. With music, dance, theatre, writing and creativity, there is something for everyone to enjoy, young and old, and we want to invite all our communities to celebrate in their great town of Rotherham.”

Kate Brindley, Project Director of Arts, Culture and Heritage for South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, said: “It is fantastic that Grimm & Co is bringing these amazing artists in theatre, music and dance together in Rotherham at what should be a truly inspirational event. The Mayor’s Arts & Culture fund has made a huge difference across South Yorkshire, helping to raise aspirations of people at all ages and enabling local freelance artists and organisations to recover from the impact of the pandemic.”

All tickets to events are free and will be available from the Grimm and Co website https://grimmandco.co.uk/gathering


Last Updated: 27/05/2022

Published In: Arts, Culture, Heritage


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