Everyone’s rethinking what they do, and Macclesfield’s Barnaby Festival 2020 was no exception.

Barnaby was all set to return to Macclesfield’s unique town centre venues and spaces this June. While we aren’t able to deliver the Festival as normal, we’re delighted to announce that a reimagined digital programme  launched over the weekend of June 20 & 21 2020′

More, we are excited to announce that our bid to receive Emergency Funding from Arts Council England has been successful, which will enable us to re-scope our plans. Launched with a small programme of engaging digital cultural activity on the traditional Barnaby dates of June 20 & 21, a wider programme will follow in the coming months.

While anything we do must take into account the needs of our communities, plus local and central government guidance on health and safety, we’re working hard to deliver opportunities for Macclesfield to take part, share experience, explore new ideas, and have FUN.

Our Future is Ancient

Artist and photographer Simon Buckley of Not Quite Light has visited Macclesfield Forest for the past year, exploring the forest at first and last light for his Barnaby Festival commission Our Future is Ancient.  Our Co-Chair Abi Gilmore interviews Simon about his piece and his connection to the forest.

Our Future is ANCIENT

Barnaby Homemade Parade 20 June 2020

On Saturday 21st, our local communities came together (at home and online) to bring us the Homemade Parade; full of at-home creative making, home and garden ‘floats’ and a celebration of all things Macclesfield



Organiser of MACC-POW!, Macclesfield’s comic art festival, and cartoonist Marc Jackson teaches you to create your own Funny Vision in 2 lively drawing workshops

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Funny Vision

Sharon Ginnis, Writer & Tutor, brought us a Storymaking online workshop programme

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Peter Duncan, Circus Trainer, joined us for his Circus Skills online workshop programme

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