Barnaby Bright was a collection of midsummer events for 2021 running between 17 -27 June, supporting the artistic, creative and cultural life of the town.  

You can read more about the programme in both 2020 and 2021 in our Activity Report here.  The 2021 programme included:

  • Presence, was a newsite-specific commission from internationally acclaimed artist Liz West in grade II* listed historic Christ Church on Bridge Street in Macclesfield. 
  • Macc Assemble, a covid19-safe response to the traditional Barnaby parade working in partnership with IDST! and Flownamix;
  • Music MASH was a music industry masterclass programme for Macclesfield musicians produced by Brighter Sound with Mash Guru. You can relive the final showcase  here.
  • a performance and installation from Simon Buckley (Not Quite Light) that culminates from 18 months work in the Macclesfield Forest. You can read more about Our Future is Ancient at Second Sight.
  • Alongside A Midsummer Nights Queen, a drag cabaret evening, a Spoken Bar and an arts and crafts market.

The programme was supported by Arts Council England,  Macclesfield Town Council, and Cheshire East Council. Working together with these and other partners we aimed to ensure that arts, culture and heritage can play its important role in supporting the town in recovery.  You can read more about what we delivered in our Activity Report for 2020 & 2021.

Your Manchester is an online TV Channel hosted by Barnaby programme Director Carol Whitehead.  This 40min episode is dedicated to Barnaby Bright , from the history of Barnaby Festival, the Barnaby poem, interviews with Chair  Abi Gilmore and artists Liz West & Simon Buckley

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Barnaby Bright