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Warwick to host cultural celebration as part of national project

Staff celebrating at the Market Hall Museum in Warwick earlier this year after winning the national Museum at Night competition.

Staff celebrating at the Market Hall Museum in Warwick earlier this year after winning the national Museum at Night competition.

Dancing bin men will be among the highlights - along with more than 50 other locally-created exhibitions - of a cultural celebration in Warwick this spring.

The Great Warwickshire Show (And Tell), taking place in the town centre on Friday May 16, will aim to bring together the personal heritage and culture of the county.

The event will form part of the national Museums at Night Connect 10 programme, following the success of Market Hall Museum in Warwick becoming one of four venues in the UK to win, by public vote, a competition to take part earlier this year. The project is supported by internationally-renowned artist Alex Hartley, made famous by his work with Cultural Olympiad for projects including the 2012 Olympic Games.

Warwickshire County Council’s heritage and culture arts officer Clare Mitchell said: “We are expecting this to be a very different evening to anything held before in Warwick and I’d like to once again thank local businesses and the community for their support.

“We are looking forward to getting started on our project with Alex and to hosting a fantastic exhibition of our heritage and cultural contribution - all the things that make Warwickshire a fantastic place to live and work today.”

Community groups and organisations from across the county are being invited to occupy and curate the stalls, displaying what defines them and showing the story of why their part of Warwickshire or their particular interest in the county is great.

The county council has already gathered interest from a wide variety of groups - including the aforementioned dancing bin men.

There will be coverage on the BBC of cultural events taking place across the country on the night - and hopes are high that Warwick will be among the towns to feature.

Anyone interested in taking part should email claremitchell@warwickshire.gov.uk as soon as possible.

 

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