FLOW – Future Life of Our Ocean’s Wealth – was Imagineer’s Coventry City of Culture 2021 Project. A project made of three parts – Navigate, Activate, Create.
FLOW aimed to engage children, communities and artists with Ocean recovery through a creative arts framework, inspiring and developing awareness, nurturing care and challenging everyone to consider both their own personal and our collective environmental responsibility.
In April 2022 FLOW culminated in a performance called ‘Milesians – The Coming of the Gaels’ a large-scale outdoor spectacle with ‘Turning the Tide – An Ocean’s Fair’ running alongside it in a Big Top Tent.
The three parts of the FLOW project
NAVIGATE Part 1
In September 2021 we reconnected young learners from Primary Schools in Coventry with Blue Spaces, developing environmental awareness by exploring both the wealth and health of our waterways and oceans. They co-created powerful performances and artworks which provoked action amongst their peer group and communities.
Navigate was delivered by Imagineer in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Canal & Rivers Trust.
ACTIVATE Part 2
Turning the Tide’ An Ocean Fair was a family-friendly event where audiences experienced the wealth of our oceans and the major threats it faces, and how we can all play a part in Ocean recovery. The event included VR, sound, film, exhibition, performance and hands-on experiences. There was a marketplace where conversations with local, national and global environmental organisations could be had, to find out how to get involved in ocean recovery and take action in the #30×30 campaign.
‘Turning the Tide’ was delivered by Imagineer in partnership with Media Mania and in collaboration with our Transformation NEETS programme (16–25 year olds not in education, employment or training) to programme and deliver the event.
CREATE Part 3
‘Milesians – Coming of the Gaels’ – a large-scale outdoor performance with themes which still resonate today of migration, cultural identity, cultural co-existence and the ocean as the great connector. A celebration of the healing power of storytelling combining theatre, aerial circus skills, acrobatics and a stunning afro-celtic soundtrack.
The mystical tale started in Egypt with the healing of a child (bitten by a snake) and a prophesy that the child’s descendants would wander the earth for 400 years, before settling in a land with no snakes. The descendants – the Milesians, who were forced to migrate from Egypt through Africa and Europe, eventually reaching Galicia, Northern Spain. They set sail from Galicia and discovered the Island of Ireland occupied by the mythical, supernatural tribe of the Gods – the Tuatha Dé Danann where a mighty battle ensued.
Milesians was created by Imagineer’s Artistic Director Kathi Leahy – partnering with Felicity Simpson and
performers from Circolombia, Luka Owen and Rebel Manifesto Aerial, and Johnny Donnelly – Arcana.
The future plan is to take this Epic performance ‘Milesian’s – Coming of the Gaels’ on tour very soon.
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