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Take Your Skills To Dizzy New Heights

Introduction and Background

A skate park, splash zone and inclusive play area are among the attractions that will feature in the further development of Fleetwood’s waterfront.
Wyre Council has been awarded £1.55m from the Coastal Communities Fund to help regenerate the seaside town.

The money will be split between a number of physical building projects, an events programme that will draw people to the area so they can see first-hand what’s on offer, plus support, training and advice for tourism businesses so they are primed to take advantage of the new attractions on offer to visitors.

The building side of the programme has been dubbed Five for Fleetwood as the council will concentrate on five zones: Euston Park, the Promenade, the Leisure Hub, the Marine Lake, and an Ecology zone.

The Dizzy Heights Festival is the launch of this exciting programme and encourages local businesses and services to promote what they can offer to Fleetwood, its residents and visitors, and its unique and picturesque coastline. The event is ‘high-ly’ creative and uses the arts as a way of engaging with what people think about the programme and events, and helps develop new audiences to the area. If the weather is fine, we are expecting up to 15,000 people throughout the day.

What will the Dizzy Heights event look like?
As this is a celebration of Fleetwood’s ambition to aim higher, through the Five for Fleetwood programme there are a number of exciting features for the public to engage with as participants and audience.

A tethered Hot Air Balloon. On the run up to the event, we hope Fleetwood businesses will hold a lucky ticket draw for their customers to win a tethered flight in the balloon. There will be a zip wire that will run a good length of the Esplanade in front of the Mount. There is also a climbing wall, not just for the kids but for adventurous adults too.

As Fleetwood is really going places, a land train will operate along the promenade. For thrill watchers, La Quebrada, the Mexican high diving company will be displaying during the event, with a climatic attempt at a high dive world record towards the end of the event. And yes they were on Britain’s Got Talent!

Local professional artists will be running drop in arts and craft workshops for families, where they can make all kinds of quality things for free and take them away too! There will be ‘dizzy’ and ‘high’ comedy from professional street theatre companies, Larkin About, Bernie Bennet’s Tight Rope Show, and hilarious compering from Bread and Butter Theatre Company and St Joan’s Ambulance. Also watch out for The Troll and rather tall life
guards.

There will also be live music and showcase performances from local groups. If that’s not enough there will be food outlets onsite and the bars open at the Marine Hall.

As an artist, how can I get involved?
THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR UP TO 4 ARTISTS AT £600 EACH TO DESIGN AND DELIVER A PARTICIPATORY WORKSHOP THAT USES THE THEME OF ‘DIZZY HEIGHTS’, AND PROVIDES SIMPLE BUT VERY HIGH QUALITY DROP-IN ACTIVITIES RESULTING IN MAKING or PRODUCING THINGS FOR PEOPLE TO TAKE AWAY AND USE AGAIN WITH PRIDE.

You must be an artist/arts group that is resident in Lancashire and ideally has worked along the Fylde Coast. We are open up to all arts forms AND FROM BOTH THE VOLUNTARY AND PROFESSIONAL SECTORS.

You must be self-contained, bringing all the necessary material and equipment, furniture and coverings that you need.
You must help publicise the event on your websites, through your newsletters and social media.

We have room for 4 different participatory workshops along the Esplanade and the Marine Hall Gardens there will be static spaces for performances and a timed programme throughout the day, again the selection will be based on appropriateness and first come basis also.
If you want to deliver on the day then please fill in the Expressions of Interest Form.

The deadline for completion is Monday 28th April at 5pm.

Send to chris.wyatt@wyre.gov.uk

Or Artists Opportunity –Dizzy Heights
C/O Chris Wyatt
Arts and Events Development Officer
Civic Centre
Breck Road
Poulton-le-Fylde
Lancashire
FY6 7PU

ARTISTS SELECTED, WILL BE NOTIFIED BY MAY 5TH

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