June 13th is World Wide Knitting in Public Day!

Today is Worldwide Knitting in Public Day and the Arts Legacy Knitters had planned to join in at the library. Instead, here’s a virtual selection of some of the things the group has been working on both before and during lockdown. Can you spot some of the re-worked yarnbomb pieces? Hopefully, we’ll be back in business soon and able to complete our plans. Thanks to Helen, Nan, Mary A, Mary B, Mary C, Pauline, Patr, Janet, Di, Shirley, David, Diane, Sally and everyone keeping the HGTA Arts Legacy going!

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Business Meeting in Wertheim, 29th February 2020

At the recent business meeting in Wertheim it was agreed that a joint Facebook page for HGTA twinned towns would be created. Wertheim are leading on this; more information and a report of the meeting to follow shortly.

 

 

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Bridge Arts Festival Legacy Activity

As part of the Arts Festival Legacy activities, there is a craft group who meet regularly in Huntingdon Library. They are currently re-working pieces from the yarnbomb into twiddle mats and sleeves for Ferrars Court Care Home residents and Hinchingbrooke Hospital Children’s ward.  These help with mental health and anxiety difficulties.  The next meeting is on Tuesday 28th January between 10.00 & 12.00.

 

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Huntingdon Christmas Lights Switch-on and Market, November 22-24

Getting in the Christmas spirit at our very successful stall at Huntingdon Christmas Market!

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Report of Business Meeting in Gubbio

Business meeting Gubbio 26/09/19

I talked about the legacy of the Bridge Arts Festival and some ideas for the future. Although the idea of yarn bombing, and knitting in general, was met with some bemusement, both Gubbio & Szentendre were enthusiastic about exploring the possibility of an arts and crafts festival in one of the towns to include knitting from Huntingdon/Godmanchester, embroidery from Gubbio and patchwork quilting and blue print fabrics from Szentendre. Wertheim mentioned glass blowing as a traditional craft in the town but it was felt that this would be better incorporated with an exhibition including, for example, ceramics, which are of course an important part of life in Gubbio.

Szentendre was full of ideas concerning joint arts events. They mentioned the monthly exhibitions they hold in the Townhall Gallery and said they would be happy to invite artists from all the twin towns. They hold art courses and workshops for children & adults & they liked the idea of people from the twin towns participating. In September 2020 it will be the tenth anniversary of their military brass band festival and they wondered if other towns could also take part.

Gubbio had several ideas for arts events for next year. In December they plan to hold a festival called “Your Town in Dance” where groups from all the towns will be invited to explore the different aspects of their town such as nature, customs, architecture, artworks, literature & music in the form of dance. There will also be a jazz festival in Gubbio in August 2020 and they would like to invite Malcolm Talbot with his “Story of Swing” to take part. If there are jazz groups in the other twin towns they will also be welcome to attend.

The idea of having a Biennial Arts festival in each twin town on a rotating basis was not really taken up but the idea of smaller events involving all the towns was greeted with enthusiasm.

 

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Visit to Gubbio

Students from the twin towns attended the Medieval Festival in Gubbio. The first night there was a dinner in the cantina of Saint Antonio, one of the three saints celebrated in the Festa di Ceri every year

The festival dates back to the 12th century. The Ceri are large urns each weighing 300kg which are paraded through the town with a figurine of each saint on top. The Ceri are stored in the Basilica S’Ubaldo.

The twin towns also held a business meeting to discuss future joint events for the coming year.

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Visit of the Wertheim Höhefeld Fanfarenzug, July 5-7 2019

The “Wertheim Höhefeld Fanfarenzug”, a fantastic marching band from our twin town of Wertheim, visited Godmanchester and Huntingdon over the weekend of July 5 – 7 2019. They. The group consisted of around 48 people, all of whom were hosted by local members of HGTA. During their brief visit the band performed in Huntingdon town centre on Saturday morning, and also joined the parade and gave two further performances at the Godmanchester gala in the afternoon.

Godmanchester gala

Together with their host families they also enjoyed a splendid evening buffet  on Friday evening at Huntingdon Town Hall, where we were all greatly entertained by a Ukulele Band, and a delicious curry supper at Spiceland on Saturday. On their return journey they visited Leeds Castle.

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Bridge Arts Festival

Didn’t we do well! The Bridge Arts Festival Review

The Bridge Arts Festival, organised by Huntingdon & Godmanchester Twinning Association, and held over the weekend of 6&7 April was a HUGE success. Rather than blowing our own trumpet, we thought you’d like to see the reactions from visitors…

…taken from the ‘post it’ wall in Huntingdon Town Hall 

• What an amazing series of shows – great for local arts and for our towns. (Jonathan Djanology MP).
• Better than the Tate Modern – the most visited place in London!
• Great for the towns! Fantastic exhibition with variety.
• An excellent collection of work. Very inspiring!
• What a fabulous idea, our very own arts festival! And what a lot of talent.
• A super event. Brings the town together with our European neighbours. Some fantastic art work.
• Inspiring exhibition, hope it will be repeated.

…and from visitors to the ‘Where we Live’ exhibition at Godmanchester Community School, that displayed over 1,000 pieces of work by children in our local schools 

• Wonderful to see such a varied collection of work by so many talented children. Fantastic!
• Very impressed with the vast number, quality and variety of Artwork produced by so many children and young people. Art is vastly important and enriches all our lives!
• Of everything I’ve seen today, I found this very moving. The first steps on the road to art for the next generation!

…from Sarah Gifford, Mayor of Huntingdon

Art in all its forms….is a terrific way of bringing people together and The Bridge Arts Festival certainly achieved that. It was a fantastic event that not only showcased a lot of skills and talents but brought together visitors and artwork from our Twin Towns. On behalf of the residents of Huntingdon and Godmanchester, I would like to thank HGTA for the hard work they put in to organise this event.

…from Sarah Conboy, Mayor of Godmanchester

It’s been an incredible weekend….I saw wonderful artwork from people of all ages….for me, a real highlight was joining a youth craft workshop. This weekend has been all about bringing us together as communities through art and having some fun with it. Our Twin Town artists and visitors really inspired us….the yarn bomb has been a huge talking point and it stays up this week….a huge thank you to all who made it possible – the Twinning Associaton and their volunteers did a fantastic job.

…and from Festival Directors David Brown and Liz Perrett

We have been blown away by the public response to the festival. The involvement of groups from all sections of the community along with our twinned towns resulted in a fantastic event. We are really pleased with the outcome. Thanks everybody!

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