Make 2021's Waterfoot Wakes FREE for everyone

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Project by Waterfoot Wakes

Make 2021's Waterfoot Wakes FREE for everyone

Waterfoot Wakes profile

Project by Waterfoot Wakes


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We want to make this year’s Waterfoot Wakes Festival FREE for everyone to attend. Help us achieve this goal by supporting our Crowdfunder!

We want to make this year’s Waterfoot Wakes Festival FREE for everyone to attend. 


Like all arts organisations and festivals, Covid-19 has had a massive impact on Horse + Bamboo and our work.  Unfortunately, like many others last year, we had to make the decision with heavy hearts to cancel Waterfoot Wakes 2020.  

However, we have taken that time to really think about The Wakes, what we want our festival to be, why we run it and how we can return even stronger!  The most important thing for us, is to make the festival FREE for everyone to attend - but to do that we need your help.

You can help us make a difference, bring back this fantastic festival and celebrate Rossendale with a month of community-led arts and culture.

Rossendale, Lancashire and the North West has been the biggest impacted region during the pandemic and families have greatly suffered through loss of income. Added to this, the social impact on children and young people, it is important now than ever to have a community-based arts festival to bring together families and the wider Rossendale community.  

By donating to this exciting Crowdfunder today, you will help ensure that Waterfoot Wakes 2021 goes ahead and, most importantly, is completely free for everyone to attend! 

** More rewards will be added daily throughout the campaign - please keep checking back for more great options.  A big thank you to all who have generously supported this project by offering rewards **


Why We Are Crowdfunding?  

We believe that everyone should have access to high quality cultural experiences, no matter who they are, what their background is or where they live.  This is why it is so important for us to make this year's festival free for anyone to attend. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has hit families hard, both financially and through the fact that so many children and young people have missed out on cultural experiences over the last 18 months.  Waterfoot Wakes is primarily a family festival, and we don’t want any children to miss out on anything else - it is important to be able to offer these events for free so that all families are able to come to the festival. 

It costs more than £10,000 to stage our arts festival, which in past years has brought acts like Circus Raj, Little Angel Theatre and Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy to Waterfoot, which is why we are crowdfunding to contribute to the cost of paying for the festival in order for us to make entry free for all. 


Where will the money go?

Your crowdfunder pledge will go directly towards the cost of programming the festival and paying for the artists who will perform during the festival.  We think that cultural events should be accessible for everyone and want to make the festival free for everyone to attend.  We are crowd funding to make sure that the event can run in 2021, and so it can continue for many more years to come! 

We want to ensure that the festival returns this year no matter what, and your support, even in small amounts towards our £3,500 target, will help us achieve this.  


Waterfoot Wakes 2021

We have planned this year's festival slightly differently, to ensure that we can continue to run the festival safely for our audiences.

The festival will take place over the entire month of August, with tonnes of events and workshops happening throughout.  We hope that a whole month of family-focused, free events happening in Rossendale, will bring local families that 'Holiday At Home' feeling - and some well-deserved days out this Summer to look forward to!

Highlights for Waterfoot Wakes 2021 will include: Clive Chandler’s Punch and Judy; Half String Theatre’s Puppet Van; Paper Balloon’s The Great Floating Paper Balloon Radio Show; The Boo's Comedy Night with Tez Ilyas; Circus Workshops; Compact Disco; and SO many more to be announced over the course of this crowdfunder!


Horse + Bamboo support local, emerging artists as part of their programming.  For Waterfoot Wakes 2021, local artist, Hina Qureshi, will develop her second family theatre show, ‘Mango Khani’.  The story tells of the vibrant culture of a city, through the celebration of a mango fruit.  We think that the Wakes is the perfect setting for Hina to develop her second storytelling show. 

We are also co-commissioning a second Mossy book - the foraging Moss-Man returns with his second adventure, Mid Summer With Mossy!  This co-commission with Analogue Farm, in addition to a children's book, will be a live, promenade installation performance taking place at Analogue Farm in Whitworth over a weekend in August.  Whitworth Wakes, here we come!

By supporting this crowdfunder, you are helping Horse + Bamboo to support the creation of new work from Rossendale artists.


About Waterfoot Wakes  

Waterfoot Wakes festival is an annual festival hosted by The Boo, it started in 2018 replacing The Boo’s Puppet Festival, with a broader, community-focused festival.  The festival takes place each year in locations across Waterfoot, with the strap-line, ‘Holiday at Home’.  We take the idea of the traditional Lancashire Wakes week-long holiday where all the local factories closed.  The festival celebrates all our local communities and brings the people of Rossendale together.  Along with a parade through Waterfoot, the festival, traditionally held over three days, hosts an array of family theatre and puppetry, comedy, live music and participatory events. 

The biggest jewel in the Wakes crown is the Waterfoot Wakes parade. 

Lead by Caribbean Carnival parade band, Cacophany Arkestra, our on-foot parade has included local schools, who, working with our parade leader, Alastair Price, created large-scale parade pieces.  The parade also featured local organisations and groups including: Valley Artists; Rossendale Drum Majorettes; Footlights Theatre School; Cotton Shed; Mini Me Time; Rossy Rays; as well as local families.  

What Rewards Are We Offering?

** More rewards added daily - please keep checking in for details including some fantastic vintage Horse + Bamboo merchandise and food and drink vouchers for during the festival**

The biggest reward will be helping us to offer all our festival shows for free, meaning you'll be able to book for performances and events throughout the festival and pay absolutely nothing!  

But on top of that, to show our appreciation, we have some exciting and exclusive rewards to offer you, including:

  • Vintage Horse + Bamboo tour posters and merchandise
  • Food & Drinks Vouchers 
  • Business sponsorship 


Commitment To Funders 

Horse + Bamboo are committed to bringing high-quality cultural experiences to Rossendale.  Everyone has a right to experience cultural events, and it is with this ethos that we have made our events Pay What You Can, so that everyone can have access to great cultural experience.  The overwhelming generosity of our audiences has meant that we have been able to support families and audience members to attend event they would not have been able to afford otherwise.  We are committed to continuing to make great cultural events available to everyone and with your help we can do just that - thank you. 

Please help us reach our goal and continue to bring this fantastic community, cultural festival to Rossendale and to keep it free for everyone to attend. 


Calling all local residents 

Waterfoot Wakes brings hundreds of people to Waterfoot and Rossendale across the festival, this boosts the local economy with local businesses benefiting from the increased footfall.  Along with this, the festival supports many emerging local artists giving them valuable experience and opportunity to perform.  

In 2019, our Young Musicians' Award granted one local emerging artist, a spot to perform on our Main Stage, and we are committed to bringing Young Musicians' Award back in 2022.  This year, we will be hosting a young person-led, variety evening, giving the young people of Rossendale the opportunity to perform and perfect their talents of any genre!  Help us to continue to support, give them opportunities and provide you with a fantastic multi-arts festival by supporting our crowdfunder. 

Thank you for your support!  


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