Basingstoke comes alive with Events!
As part of the continuing regeneration for Top of the Town, the historic heart of Basingstoke. BIG Adventures in partnership with Proteus Theatre Company won the contract to put a programme of events together on behalf of Basingstoke and Deane Council.
Highlights included an original Mexican Day of the Dead Festival in October 2015 which connected this tradition through celebrating famous ancestors of Basingstoke. Earlier in the year ‘ Taste at the Top of the Town ‘ featured Hampshire’s best chefs alongside celebrity chef Jean Christophe Novelli whilst the region’s best producers provided opportunities for the public to sample and buy great food and drink.
Mexican Day of the Dead was promoted as a new celebration for Basingstoke. By looking at famous and infamous ancestors of Basingstoke and celebrating them through a Parade, Street Theatre and an Audio Visual Projection piece, Basingstoke residents were able to connect with Mexican Day of the Dead as their own. Partnership with Arts Council and Hampshire Cultural Trust meant that we were able to bring quality artists to work alongside local artists and create a depth of community engagement.
With Same Sky and Manuela Bellini leading lantern making, dance and theatre, costume making and theatre workshops a stunning parade of over 150 people brought Basingstoke streets to life. Entertainment from Poi Passion, Voodoo Love Orchestra and a themed street food and gift market kept an audience of 3,500 people happy before a large scale projection piece onto the walls of historic Willis Museum, by Dr. Lighthouse, left the audiences spell bound and clapping for more!
For a behind the scenes view of the rationale behind Mexican Day of the Dead see our short film.