Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April
Atmosphere was a free, two day festival set across two sites; Cathedral Square in Worcester and Worcester Woods Country Park.
Designed to appeal to all ages and spark discussion through a mix of live performances, workshops and events inspired by the environment and natural world.
There was a Traders Village with homegrown and hand-made products, food stalls, and information stands sharing what they do.
Image: CastAway by Highly Sprung. Photo Andrew Moore.
9 and 10 April
Programme – Cathedral Square, Worcester
Cast Away - Highly Sprung
Drowning under a crushing mass of plastic, the Keeper of the Waterways awakens and rises up. It’s time for change.
Highly Sprung’s CastAway is a stunning outdoor performance that explores the impact of today’s throwaway society on our waterways. Featuring a unique gyroscopic flying machine, it presents a brand new approach to aerial theatre. The all-female cast immerses audiences in an underwater world where performers dive, twist and float over 26 feet in the air to delight, inspire and captivate audiences of all ages.
Programme – Worcester Woods Country Park
The Bees - Artizani
An installation of multiple hives each hiding a unique, unexpected interior world. Audiences can wander amongst the honey-perfumed Bee Colony. This installation is supported with a Sustainability Grant from Worcester City Council.
Live Poetry Juke Box - Adie Mueller & Trui Malten
Step into the Live Poetry Jukebox for an intimate and magical experience of poetry, visual art and performance. Our interactive installation works like a music jukebox, only with poetry!
The Actual Reality Arcade - Matthew Harrison
The Actual Reality Arcade is a life-sized interactive zone inspired by classic arcade games where you play for real. Physical fun for all ages to enjoy together.
Take Ten - Fluid Motion Theatre & Lorna Rees
Take Ten is a performance installation designed to slow us down. A space to be present, here and now, to reflect and to notice.
Creating through a range of mediums including painting, collage, ceramics and installation, Emily’s work combines vibrant colours, intricate pattern, and playful compositions, all aiming to cultivate positive emotion in the viewer. Commissioned by The Arches Festivals.
With a goal to bring everyone together for a meal, featuring live music from Worcester based singer-songwriter Max Stockin and walkabouts Treemendous and Woodland Fairy.
The Swarm is a movement-based community dance piece curated by The Arches Festivals at Severn Arts and Dancefest Worcester.
A gentle start to the day with a creative vinyasa flow sequence.
The session was led by Tracy Sadler from The Zen Shed.
Straight from the pages of a fairy story, these human shaped plants have come to life to walk, talk and cuddle their way around the festival.
Designed to be thought provoking and spark conversation. Topics covered included informative talks on bees, wildlife, exploring local green spaces and how we can all live a little more plastic free. In addition there were talks that explored how we can take a little more care of ourselves through meditation and mindfulness and how we can all supercharge our sleep.
An opportunity to discover more about some of the great organisations working hard to improve our environment. Find out more about bees, wildlife, our green open spaces and rivers.
Located in the Traders Village there was a selection of local, homegrown and handmade products.
For those in need of food and drink we were joined by some great food vendors offering a variety of dishes and drinks.
We are always looking for enthusiastic and approachable volunteers to help us stage unforgettable events. No experience is necessary, applicants just need to be over 18, energetic and enjoy meeting and helping others.
What time does the festival start?
The festival starts each day at 9.30am with Outdoor Yoga on the Saturday and Outdoor Meditation on the Sunday. The event is free on both days and you are encouraged to enjoy both sites, dropping in and out of events to suit you. There is no need to stay all day or attend both days, it really is up to you. Saturday’s programme includes a community picnic and visitors are encouraged to bring and share food whilst listening to live music.
Where is the festival located?
The festival is across two sites Cathedral Square, WR1 2QE and Worcester Woods Country Park WR5 2LG. There are car parks nearby but we are encouraging people where possible to use public transport or the free shuttle service that we are providing between the two sites. There is also bike parking at Worcester Woods Country Park.
What time and where can I catch the free shuttle bus?
The free shuttle bus will be running from Cathedral Square to Worcester Woods Country Park every hour on the hour from 11am – 6pm on Saturday and 11am – 4pm on Sunday.
It will be running from the park back to Cathedral Square every hour on the half hour from 11.30am – 6.30pm on Saturday and 11.30am – 4.30pm on Sunday.
Can I cycle between sites?
Yes, the city circular loop will take you from Cathedral Square to Worcester Woods Country Park and there is bike parking available.
Is Atmosphere suitable for all ages?
Atmosphere is suitable for all ages but the following applies to:
Live Poetry Juke Box – Adie Mueller & Trui Malten:
Age guidance: 12+ (for general audiences); 5+ (for family audiences)
Accessibility: Captioning; Audio Description; Wheelchair Access.
Is the event accessible?
At Worcester Woods Country Park there is accessible parking, toilets and wheelchair accessible tables in the picnic area. Assistance dogs are permitted and the site is flat, suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
For Cathedral Square, please use regular City Centre accessible parking as usual. More information can be found on Worcester City Council website.
Will there be photographers?
We have an official festival media team taking videos and photographs across the event to use for our publicity purposes as well as for the project evaluation.