Proud East MArshian magazine:
Hello everyone and a very warm welcome to July’s edition of The Proud East Marshian.
We’ve had four seasons in one month as June lurched from chilly, rainy days to basking heat, to a spectacular thunderstorm with torrential rain and marble sized hail stones thrown in.
The Sun and Moon Festival team have wilted in soaring temperatures during our weekly Zoom meetings as we made tentative plans for Christmas! Bizarre times indeed.
So, as June steps aside and July moves in, our world is moving forward in small steps. We’ve been amazed at how adaptable we all are as we’ve adjusted and tweaked every aspect of our lives over the last three months.
Josie’s Let’s Go to Space project went live on the Internet to entertain the youngsters. Take time to read the fascinating articles written by all involved which give inside information about the creation of this whole project.
Talented local artist Terry Clarke has been watching the seasons change in his garden and, in true artistic fashion, has created a sequence of beautiful paintings inspired by pigeons. Chris Packham will be proud!
We’ve some memories of the East Marsh and some ideas to get you writing. Don’t forget, we’re always keen to publish local writing, so make July the month when you put pen to paper and send it to us.
As always, stay alert, stay safe, stay proud and enjoy your Proud East Marshian magazine.
The Sun and Moon Team x
REMAKe is our name for our community arts group and it stands for
Revolutionary East Marsh Arts Kollective.
‘Revolutionary’, eh? Big claim! But, the word is important to us because it means ‘involving or causing a complete or dramatic change’ and it is that kind of change that is needed on our East Marsh – we want to change ways of thinking, ways of Being, ways of doing. We want people to look around at their lives here and say ‘This is Home’, I’m proud to live here,
I’m a Proud East Marshian!
So, what’s the ‘Festival’ about? First of all, it’s part of a new,
£4million national funding programme called
‘Creative Civic Change’ (more here). Fourteen communities
across England are set to transform their local areas as part of
the programme. Over the next three years, these communities will
take the lead and use creativity to generate meaningful
civic change in their area.
Representing Grimsby and the East Marsh, REMAKe will use our grant to run four big celebratory events that will showcase local artists, crafters and makers. We will build local networks through taster courses and creative visits focusing on arts and crafts, performing arts, words and multimedia.
It’s telling stories about you and about the East Marsh. And it’s learning to use cameras and videos to truly see and show our East Marsh and share with the whole world – because we are proud of our neighbourhood.
For three years we will be setting up and guiding independent and cooperative art, craft, writing, performance, media and maker groups that will make positive change happen around our East Marsh. Above all we are challenging people to stop being used to the way things are, to not accept it, to imagine a different, a better world.
Whatever your relationship with the East Marsh: resident, worker, visitor, friend or family, you are welcome to come and share in this unique festival.
The festival plan works backwards from four big events in Year 3, evenly spaced through the year along equinox and solstice markers, intended to offer a big splash showcase for the community groups of artists, crafters and makers. Above all, we want people to look around at the East Marsh and their lives here and say
I’m a Proud East Marshian!