Take a look at T100 Sounds to discover what our T100 Festival programme was like in 2023.
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Over the past few years of the T100 Festival we have created activity packs for people to get involved with at home or within community groups. We do this to engage partipants in a creative workshop linked to a theme which help us to create something as part of the Festival – flags, mandalas and more. 2023’s festival was more open as the theme was ‘sounds’. All were invited to share spoken word, poetry, songs and more on our free walks.
In 2020, we created the T100 Exhibition, a touring exhibition that celebrates five years of the T100 festival and features handmade journals, silk flags, printed tablecloths, maps, recipes, digital content and more.
The T100 Exhibition is now available to hire for your own events.
The T100 Festival of Walking, Talking and Making returned for 2023 with a spectacular exploration of the unique audio character of the local area: T100 Sounds.
In 2023 we worked with Kinetika and multi-media artist and researcher Fotis Begklis to make recordings of the landscape and people sharing their stories about the area. These were woven into an immersive soundscape that was presented in St Clement’s, West Thurrock. Listen to the soundscapes that were part of the installation online now.
We celebrated the sounds of Thurrock throughout the festival and invited all to join us at High House Production Park on Sunday 9 July where we enjoyed performances from musicians from across the area.
Each year in preparation for the T100 festival, we engage local communities in creative workshops linked to a theme. Workshops take place before and during the festival to enhance celebrations. So far we have worked with local partners, volunteers and participants to make silk flags reflecting local stories, storybooks, outdoor theatre performances, recipes and tablecloths for community meals, large scale mandalas, songs and even a 12-foot-tall Tilbury Docker puppet!
Click below to go to each archived year.
Since 2020, activity packs have become a core element of T100 festivals as they allow you to join in the making process, even if you can’t be with us in person. Below you can look through examples of the things we have made for previous T100 festivals and download past packs to get involved from home.
One of our most popular packs was the mandala packs. In 2020 we used a mandala theme to bring communities together amidst lockdowns; to reflect on issues they faced, and created beautiful pieces of art from locally sourced materials.
Mandalas in Hinduism and Buddhism are artworks of various designs symbolizing the universe. Their repetitive and ordered patterns can create a sense of calm and structure and are often used for mindfulness exercises.
The mandala activity pack was created as a tool to help with the design process. It encouraged thought about sources of inspiration, such as values or materials.
As a call to action in response to local challenges, it provided a springboard for reflections and promises to act – providing a fun way for individuals and groups to work together in a community building activity.
Lots of fun mandala-themed activities to explore.
Over the last eight years we’ve travelled on a journey with a growing team of local volunteers, one year spontaneously building the theme for the next, all the time drawing more people in through a range of arts activities, in this time we have created a T100 Exhibition.
The T100 exhibition captures the spirit of the festival and the people and places who have taken part along the routes over the last five years. Some of the exhibition information can be explored on these web pages, but there is so much more to see in real life, such as the beautiful handmade journals, the gorgeous silk flags, the printed tablecloths, the maps and recipes created and collected as the festival has grown.
The T100 Exhibition is available for hire for your own event or activity. Click on the ‘Shop’ button to the right to discover more.