Get Creative Takeover in Newport

Join us on Saturday 9th September for the Get Creative Takeover at the Riverfront in Newport. 

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Wild flowers and plants can bring colour and beauty to where you live. You might have seen wild flowers along railway lines or out in the countryside. In the UK we’re lucky to have some amazing wild flowers, but they're in danger: we have lost 97% of wild flower meadow habitats since the 1930s. Wild flowers provide food for the UK’s many pollinating insects, such as bees, butterflies and moths, which are responsible for pollinating many of our food crops. Without wild flowers and insects the world could not produce enough food.

Reacting to the above statement young people aged 12-25 were invited to apply for funding to produce creative works of art and performances to raise awareness about the importance of UK native wild flowers and plants.

To celebrate the work of funded projects Grow Wild have already exhibited creative work at Edinburgh’s iconic Summerhall at the Get Creative Takeover which took place from 24 June - 9 July 2017.

We're following this up with a sister event on Saturday 9th September at the Riverfront in Newport, Wales for an eclectic day of performances celebrating the joy of native wild flowers.

Grab your tickets for a family friendly morning of storytelling from the likes of Louby Lou and ThisEgg. Head on over at lunchtime for an upbeat musical medley from Leicester based steel band troupe Contrast Steel Band Juniors. With something for everyone - afternoon performances include; contemporary dance, beautiful circus silk performance, profound and poetical drama and a live comic strip! 

Running order 

10.30 am              Growing up by Louby Lou Storytelling from Brynmawr (£1.50 tickets here)

11.30am               Me and my Bee by ThisEgg (£1.50 tickets here)

Climate change is massive. Bees aren’t. Our fuzzy little friends need our help and so ThisEgg are launching a political party disguised as a party party (disguised as a show). Multi award-winning theatre company, ThisEgg, invites you to save the world - one bee at a time. A new comedy for children and adults alike. Plant the seed for change, join the Bee Party. Before it’s too late…

2pm                       Symbiosis by Emma Cat from London (non ticketed - unreserved seating)

Originally from rural Sussex the conservation of wild flowers is a cause close to Emma's heart. The combination of arial silk acrobatics depicting insects interacting with plants and the time lapse projection of the life cycle and decay of wild flowers aims to highlight the relationship between plants and insects.

2.30pm                 Regeneration by Zak Douglas from Wolverhampton (non ticketed - unreserved seating)

Working with fellow members of the Central Youth Theatre in Wolverhampton, Zak has produced this spoken word piece which pays homage to the emotional impact of nature for the men who fought in the Battle of the Somme. Through this piece, Zak aims to show the beauty of Britain and highlight nature’s power to regenerate in the face of man-made destruction.

3pm                       Grow Together by Pain in the Arts from Swansea (non ticketed - unreserved seating)

This contemporary theatre company from Swansea and Spain have produced a cross generational performance using movement to explore the different stages of the wild flowers’ life cycle.  Expect a multi- media experience utilising time-lapse footage, hand-made props, costume and live music.

3.15pm                 Botanica by Poppy Roberts from Gwynedd (non ticketed - unreserved seating)

A performance taking the form of an interpretive dance based on a discovered knowledge of our native flora. The dance will explore Poppy’s affinity with flora and has been a collaborative effort between Poppy, her dance tutor Despina Goulda and Natalie Chivers, curator of the Treborth Botanic Gardens.

3.30pm                 Live Comic Strip by Ben Hughes from Ceredigion (non ticketed - unreserved seating)

Inspired by the Scarlet malachite beetle, which is an endangered species in the UK that relies on wildflowers. Ben will voice his live comic strip which is a combination of projected live and pre-drawn frames!

Other installations and performances to check out in and around the Riverfront:

Contrast in Bloom By Contrast Steel Band Juniors from Leicester

Based in the Highfield area of Leicester, this youthful group of pannists set about making a fun and informative music video to promote the importance of growing wildflowers around inner city spaces.

Grym y Blodau / Flower Power! By Sean Hollyman from Llanelli

Sean is based in Llanelli and is creating the very first wild flower inspired Web comic strip depicting a story using characters from the natural environment including the wild flower destroyer, the Trampwl.   Sean is supported by CETMA, CETMA (Community Engagement, Technology, Media & Arts) is a social enterprise based in Llanelli. 

Sensory Roots by Andrea Radisic from Newport

Sense is a national charity that supports people who are deafblind, have sensory impairments or complex needs, to enjoy more independent lives. This piece will be created by a local group and is designed to be an interactive, participatory - wild flower inspired installation - designed to stimulate all the senses.

Thrive by James Lewis from Cardiff

James Lewis is a freelance hand lettering artist who combines his graphic design skill set with his love of letterforms.  He will be designing a one of a kind living horizontal planter that spells out the word "Thrive"  


Watch the below video to see what went on at Summerhall! 

Youth artists awarded £500 Get Creative funding include:

Featured 2017 youth artists:

  • Contrast Steel Band Juniors
  • Dorothy McCormack
  • Freya Cohen
  • Heather Griffin
  • Holly Lucas
  • Joy Hardy
  • Laura Parker
  • Zak Douglas
  • Louby Lou Storytelling
  • ThisEgg
  • Emma Cat
  • Pain in the Arts
  • Poppy Roberts
  • Ben Hughes
  • Sean Hollyman
  • Andrea Radisic
  • James Lewis

With further contributions from:

  • Corn Poppy Creatives
  • Rio Youth Club 
  • Beatroute Arts & Andrew Sutherland