It is my pleasure to take the editorial reigns for the April edition of The Proud
East Marshian, the first in this year’s series of quarterly editions.
There are recurring themes in the articles of this edition, with the welcome
arrival of spring clearly at the fore. Our writers show their appreciation of
the natural world and of the simple pleasures of growing plants, walking in
parks and just enjoying the environment.
The teams at EMU and the Sun and Moon Festival have continued to work behind
the scenes, planning for the coming months, thinking of ways to involve
our community in as much activity as possible and we appreciate the support
and the participation that happens. It is our sincere hope that as we go forward
and move out of Covid restrictions that we will see much more of people
in person. We look forward to being able to welcome you to our base at Freeman
Street Market and to events and occasions where we can get together
and have creative fun.
In the meantime, we want you all to continue to stay safe and well and to keep
in touch. Do get involved with our projects, you are all welcome.
You can find us easily on our Facebook page
and we aim to reply to messages as quickly as we can.
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!