A selection of some of our fantastic projects
SOUTH TYNESIDE PARADE
The Creative Seed were the artistic directors for the South Tyneside Parade for four years running up until the Covid-19 pandemic. Working with many different community groups from the area, we created a fantastic event for the community.
For the most recent parade in 2019 the theme was 'Space'.
We engaged members of the public in dance, circus and costume making workshops during the lead up to the event.
The Creative Seed worked with 2000 participants and were seen by so many more!
We had fantastic Carnival Guests such as: Emccan, Rampage Mas, RJC Dance, High Esteem, Preston Carnival & Gateway Studios.
NEWCASTLE MELA PARADE
HISTORY OF PARADES
The Creative Seed worked on The Newcastle Mela 25th birthday celebrations which incorporated a parade. The Mela is a free event based around Pakistani, Bengali, Indian and other South Asian cultures.
The event celebrates the diversity within Newcastle upon Tyne.
The company worked with a number of community groups including Bilton Hall, RASPS and Apna Ghar, who took part in the parade along Northumberland Street, Newcastle.
The Creative Seed was funded by heritage lottery to document the relationship and passion the people of South Tyneside have for parades and carnivals in the borough.
The project includes The production of a 10 minute film documenting the memories of local people and groups who have been associated with, organised or taken part in parades or marches over the last 50 years. [CLICK HERE TO WATCH OUR DOCUMENTARY].
The project involved some research, looking at archive footage and photography dating back as far as 1907. The Creative Seed would like to thank British Pathe, North East Film Archive and The National Centre for the Written Word for being valuable resources for this research.
As part of this project The Creative Seed worked with professional artists to deliver workshops in costume and movement. The workshops evoked memories of past parades in South Tyneside and created an opportunity for the participants to share their memories.
This project was funded by Arts Council England to help develop our existing static shows into a mobile performance and roadshow which will be suitable for both Summer and Winter professional events.
The vehicle is multipurpose in terms of staging, sound and lighting, either as a static backdrop or a mobile float.
BILTON HALL FUN DAY
The Creative Seed have been working in partnership with Bilton Hall for 3 years acting as an arts and cultural resource for the centre.
We worked with children and their parents in preparation for the centre’s family fun day, conducting 8 costume workshops and 8 dance workshops in the lead up to the event.
The children designed and constructed carnival headdresses and tabards which were worn at the family fun day, and the children were allowed to keep these after the event.
Callaloo Carnival Arts was invited to take part in the South Tyneside Parade as part of a relatively new partnership. Following the success of the South Tyneside Parade, Callaloo Carnival arts invited The Creative Seed to take an element of its Great North Carnival Roadshow to the Mirfield Carnival, the parade was part of the Mirfield Arts festival and included 250 participants.
The Creative Seed would like to thank Callaloo Carnival arts for allowing us to take part in this beautiful community carnival and look forward to working with them in the future.