Same but Different
From 19-23 July we made the city and streets of Worcester just that little bit different – creating fun and playful moments throughout the week.
Installation by Designs in Air – © Ravi Lakhani Photography
19-23 July 2021
Same But Different brought playful moments to the city, surprising Worcester each day with something completely different. We took the streets you know and turned them into something fantastic with giant inflatable tentacles and a huge beanstalk – that appeared overnight! The streets were the same, but a little bit different with a large scale poetry installation comprising the thoughts of 10 local poets, brilliant and exciting walkabouts from magical globes to mischievous cones, illuminated poetry and of course let’s not forget Robot Selfie – the huge canvas in Cathedral Square that became a mural of Worcester’s faces! Read below for more details and highlights from this incredible week!
The City Speaks
Imagine if your thoughts and feelings had been spray painted onto the streets of Worester. What would it say?
Overnight the City Speaks project brought the poems and words of 10 local poets and painted them onto the pavements in two City locations: South Quay Riverside and St Martins Quarter.
Their words were there all week captivating and touching the hearts of the people that stopped to enjoy them.
Read our blog post and watch our video to hear from some of the poets themselves and find out more about this largescale poetry installation!
Photo By Ravi Lakhani Photography
What happens when you give an unpredictable robot a massive canvas, a can of spray paint and a bunch of selfies? Well during Same But Different we found out!
Kaleider‘s Robot Selfie came to Cathedral Square and people watched as faces were drawn onto the canvas through out the week. Robot Selfie took some of the best selfies submitted by the public and spray painted them onto a huge canvas, creating an original and modern piece of art with the faces of Worcester!
We loved watching as the public spotted their selfies on the canvas, and with over 300 submissions it was great to see so many people having fun and getting involved!
Robot Selfie is a Kaleider production supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Brighton Festival and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.
Photo By Ravi Lakhani Photography
This inspiring light poem was created by artists Robert Montgomery and Deanna Rodger, by talking and listening to communities about the past 18 months, and how they felt heading out of lockdown.
We took the Recovery Poems to several city and community locations around Worcester to give people a chance to reflect on their own thoughts and to respond. Check out our video and read our blog post to see the amazing ways in which the community responded to the poems.
Recovery Poems is a partnership project between Without Walls, Emergency Exit Arts, 101 Outdoor Arts, Robert Montgomery, Deanna Rodger, Thatcham Town Council.
Video By James Silvanus Films
Look At Me
In the middle of the week, Same But Different took over Worcester’s empty shop windows for the day!
We brought the windows to life with fantastic performances of dancing forest creatures from 2Faced Dance, hula hoop artistry from Angie Mack, Lampshade ladies and udderly pink women from Kitsch N Sync and even a Crisp Sandwich Cafe from Matthew Rawcliffe!
It was a great day where we filled empty spaces with all kinds of weird, wonderful and wacky things bringing delight and surprise to Worcester!
Photo by Ravi Lakhani Photography
Heavy Beat Brass Band
We finished Same But Different with the Worcester World Reunion Tour and the incredible Heavy Beat Brass Band!
These 8 young professional jazz musicians brought their funky flair and New Orleans style to a number of spots around Worcester! The band stopped at the Pumphouse, Worcester Woods Country Park, Cathedral Square, Crowngate Shopping Centre, Foregate Street Station and stopped for a very special and exclusive performance at Latimer Court Care Home.
Watch our video to see (and hear) how they brought the funk to Worcester!
Video by James Silvanus Films
Same But Different has been supported by The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust.
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.
Do you have disabled parking?
There is no event specific disabled parking. Please use regular City Centre disabled parking as usual. More information can be found on Worcester City Council website.
How much is the event?
There is no cost to attend the festival.
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.
Where are the nearest car parks?
There is no event specific parking, please use City Centre car parks as usual. More information can be found on Worcester City Council website.