A weekend of art made in Bedford. The Almanac festival was a celebration of our work during the previous years, we invited you to experience magical night time light projections, animated discussions and a pop up cinema of films made in Bedford. Become a walking musical instrument in an interactive sound installation, or drink tea, take a walk and find out more about how afternoon tea started in Bedfordshire. Hear the Concerto Magnificent, a concert of new music with words written by you, the people of Bedford. Look up for our new High Street installation and look out for the Town Crier!
All of this and more made up the 2013 Almanac Festival in Bedford, fueled by unique contributions from those who have taken part in our projects; you, your friends and your neighbours.
Piazza Kiosk & 1 St Paul’s Square
Hundreds of Bedfordians wrapped up warm and joined us for drinks at our opening event, as we lit up the night. To celebrate the end of artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas’ amazing Lace in Place, created for St Paul’s Square by Bedfordians. Arabel and audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde laced the building with light and sound, while the Piazza Kiosk provided warming drinks and great company.
Café Almanac Artists Talks
The Studio Club, 32 Alexandra Road
A chance to get behind the scenes, join the debate and ask us questions. We invited Bedfordshire artists Aaron Head, Andy Holden and Dominic from Luton to present art and ideas relating to their home towns. A lively and thought provoking afternoon.
Tea and a walk in a (small) field
Ground Floor Coffee, Kings House, Ampthill Road
Lots of you got to see one of the biggest cakes ever and then ate it! As one of our ‘mini commissions’, local artist Kezia Ruth asked you to help us to create the town’s largest cake, inspired by your own local stories, and the Duchess of Bedford, creator of Afternoon Tea.
Almanac Film Night: Made in Bedford
The Pad, Lurke Street
Made in Bedford, these films weren’t available anywhere else. A window into how we worked with you to make art happen. A unique cinematic experience including Lace in Place, Concerto Magnificent, and the infamous Bedford Project.
Upstairs at St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street
Experience being a bat! Use echo location to ‘see’ your surroundings in the dark, and create unusual sounds using just your voice and a specially created electronic voice box. Audio visual artist Kathy Hinde presented her experimental artwork for voices. An interactive afternoon where you could sing, play and shout.
Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things
St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street
To close the festival Bedford’s Community Choir led by composer Johnny Parry presented a spectacular yet intimate staging of the Concerto Magnificent. Made in Bedford by Bedford, it was a chance to experience a rare live performance of this amazing achievement of collaborative music making.
Along the High Street
Artist Bettina Furnee worked with the shopkeepers and users of Bedford’s High Street to create a new piece of public art. Look up to see the high street in a new way. This fun and playful new work provided clues to the people and history of one of Bedford’s main shopping areas. Commissioned with the Portas Pilot Bedford Town Team.
The Lace Maker’s Lantern
82 High Street
A pop-up art installation for the town centre. Flickering and atmospheric, this was a contemporary take on Bedford’s lacemaking heritage. Bedford Creative Arts’ creativity and wellbeing group Infinite29 presented their own installation inspired by lace makers’ lanterns.