Take Part In A Fun-Filled Heritage Celebration in Kirkham This June

June 17, 2022

Exciting events are set to take place in Kirkham this June, with the premiere of a folktale created especially for Kirkham with the involvement of local school children and the community.  

Three interlinked events will make June 25 2022 a fun-filled day, celebrating local heritage and the completion of year 1 of the HAZ Cultural Programme. Kirkham Community Centre will become a pop-up cinema showcasing “The Bride of Kirkham," a Lancashire folktale. A Pop-Up Heritage Trail, performed by storyteller Izzie Major, will entertain and inform on a stroll through the town. Finally, a thrilling evening of entertainment will be available at The Heritage Big BASH, taking place at The Willows in Kirkham. All these events are free! Tickets can be booked via Eventbrite or collected from Book Bean and Ice Cream and Serendipity House on Poulton Street.

On June 25th Kirkham Community Centre will become a pop-up cinema, with the premiere of "The Bride of Kirkham," a Lancashire folktale. This a delightful 20-minute stop motion animation weaves together local heritage with individual memories brought to life through ‘Kirkham with Love’, a project created and commissioned by Kirkham Cultural Consortium for the first year of Kirkham's HAZ Cultural Programme.

Kirkham with Love included a high-quality engagement programme that saw the Bride of Kirkham, alias storyteller and performer Izzie Major, work collaboratively with the local community in the creation of this highly imaginative tale.

The animation brings together many visual styles in this folk inspired tale and includes the work of local school children. It has been beautifully crafted and narrated by the artist Craig Sinclair. This family friendly tale, conjures up a range of emotions, brings to life local heritage, and sees a broken heart mended.

To book a FREE ticket, which also includes popcorn, click here to visit Eventbrite, or collect a ticket from Book, Bean and Ice Cream, or Serendipity House on Poulton Street.

Please note tickets are limited. individuals are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

The showing will also include "The 12 Stories of Kirkham", a series of short animations inspired by listed buildings, important local historical figures, and individuals' memories. They have been created by pupils from Pear Tree, Kirkham and Wesham and St Joseph's schools, while working with the artists Izzie Major and Craig Sinclair.

The complete story can be enjoyed as a free Pop-up Heritage Trail, with storyteller and performer Izzie Major taking you around Kirkham. Individuals looking to join the trail and a pleasant stroll around the town should arrive at The Last Loom, on Station Road at 1.30pm on June 25. Expect to be amazed, delighted and charmed by this highly engaging performance!

Cllr Elaine Silverwood, Mayor of Kirkham, said: "It is fantastic to hear that Kirkham's heritage, individuals' memories and children's creativity, have been used to create a Lancashire folktale that will celebrate and help to illuminate Kirkham's rich past."  

"I am really looking forward to enjoying the folktale and would encourage people to book a ticket and enjoy the Pop-Up Heritage Trail."

The celebrations don’t end there, with a Heritage Big Bash taking place on the evening of 25th June 7.30pm at The Willows in Kirkham.  

Poster for The Heritage Big Bash

Entertainment includes great music, fantastic performances of Abba and the 80s greatest hits by Chique, a DJ to take song requests, and a Disco. Click here to visit Eventbrite and book a FREE ticket.

For further information on Kirkham Cultural Consortium, or to help develop year 2 of the Cultural Programme, contact Helen Juste, Cultural Producer at Helen.juste@positiveplacemakers.org.uk. For more information, visit www.kirkhamtreasures.co.uk.  


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