Big Fish Arts regularly make dramatic contributions to the Annual Promenade Festival
The Themes for Promenade Have been
2011 Heritage & Architecture
2012 “What The Dickens!” – Sheppey in the Time of Queen Victoria
2013 Saxons and Vikings
2014 “War & Peas” The HomeFront on Sheppey before during and after The Great War
2015 ” Monsters, Myths & Mermaids” Fantastical Creatures bring colour to Sheppey
2016 ‘Illuminata Aviatica” celebration of Flight -Man Made & Feather Powered
Flora’s War 1914-1918
We will work with young people to explore and articulate through a range of traditional and social media the impact that the outbreak of the First World War had upon the Isle of Sheppey and young people of the time.
Recognising its strategic position between London and Europe, the 1914 government strengthened & fortified all the services on this
“ Barbed Wire Island”.
We will map the changes which occurred on the Island due to the massive influx of Navy, Army and Airforce personnel onto Sheppey and people’s reactions to this through the eyes of actual young people who were alive at the time such as Flora, a seventeen year old cook in a Sheerness seaside house in Marine Parade.
We will explore their activities and interests, how they work, life at school and how they play as well as what they think of this very different world & the households in which they live. We will involve local historians, use census information and archive articles in local newspapers and museums to research the everyday life of the young people and their families one hundred years ago but employ modern technology and today’s social media to record their impressions.
Big Fish Arts has been running Lantern Parades in Sheerness since 2002.
We work with local schools, youth groups ,cubs scouts and cadets as well as families and everyone wishing to make their own unique lantern
Every year we choose a new theme including Fish, Ships & Boats, Hot air balloons, Sheppey Landmarks & Chinese lanterns
The 2014 Parade will be on 6 December and we will be having Lantern Making workshop all through November and the First week of December
Any individuals or organisations wishing to take Part contact Chris 07775712306 or firstname.lastname@example.org