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FREE Boston festival of family fun

The programme has just been announced for the ArtReach-created event Night of Festivals Touring, which Transported has commissioned to take place in Boston's Central Park on Saturday and Sunday, October 12 and 13.

The Festival will offer a dazzling array of free family activity including continuous presentation of carnival costumes and puppets, storytelling, and live music and theatre performance.  For a sneak preview of what is happening when, visit  www.transportedart.com/night-of-festivals-programme/

The carnival element of the festival will be led by the outstanding companies Mandinga Arts and Paraiso Samba who are working alongside local community participants.

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Mandinga will be parading its five-metre high, fluorescent giant skeleton and a fantastic range of character puppets and costumes inspired by Animal Farm, including Napoleon's pigs, a giant pig puppet, frogs, cats and giant birds. 

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The festival's storytelling yurt will be presenting The Storytelling Cafe, with 30-minute performances, on the hour, of stories from around the world performed by a team of three accomplished storytellers. Engrossing and inspiring stories such as the Indian tale The Boatman and Swiss tale The Little Bone are suitable for the whole family, bringing an interactive ingredient to engage children and adults.

Live music and theatre will happen in a special, intimate performance dome, including two performances by theatre maker Stephen Jon of his new family show with shadow puppets, The Maid of Mariposa. 

Music includes Cantus Polonicum (a Peterborough-based Polish choir), the foot-stomping sounds of Romani Voice and the subtleties of African kora player Sura Susso. 

Families are invited to don their wellies and take part in South African gum boots workshops, or explore the art of percussion in a Drum Circle workshop with Indian artist Sandeep Raval.

Festival Artistic Director, David Hill (ArtReach) said: "We're thrilled to present a wide range of high-quality, culturally-diverse arts activity that will engage families and all ages in Boston and the surrounding area.  All the work connects to our key festival theme, which is celebrating freedom and democracy through artistic innovation."

There are still lots of opportunities for local people to get involved with Night of Festivals but you will have to be quick to secure your place. Participants can be part of the carnival presentations by Mandinga Arts, musicians can work with Paraiso Samba in the run up to the festival and perform during the weekend, families can take part in a fun textile workshop with artist Alinah Azadeh, designing flags to be part of a massive installation, and there is the chance for local creative people to learn how to do face painting and body adornment in a workshop - and then be paid to show off their skills as part of the festival weekend. 

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These opportunities are all free to those who live in Boston borough or South Holland.  Transported is also looking for general stewards for the event.  For more information, visit www.transportedart.com/night-of-festivals or call the Transported office on 01406 701006.

For more information on the performances described and for further details on the programme for Night of Festivals Touring visit www.nightoffestivals.com 

Night of Festivals is financially supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England, and has been commissioned for Boston by Transported.  Transported is an Arts Council England 'Creative People and Places' initiative which aims to get more people in Boston borough and South Holland enjoying and participating in arts activities.   For more information on Transported, visit www.transportedart.com, follow them on Twitter (@TransportedArt) or 'like' them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/transportedart