All The Skills always finds the people of Bolton to be welcoming and we were pleased that the people attending Tonge Carnival enjoyed meeting Terrance the Chinese lion.
Terrance and his musicians made their Bolton debut in a parade to start the event. Also in the parade representing All The Skills was Naomi, on stilts handing out fortune cookies and continuing the Chinese theme, Sean with his diabolos. The parade had many people from different community groups and schools in the Tonge area and was so much fun that it followed the parade route twice!
After a circus workshop session, Naomi took to her stilts again to assist Terrance, Buddha and the musicians in a short performance at the main stage. Following the performance Naomi and Sean went into a frenzy of balloon modelling until the end of the wonderful event.
Naomi offers Terrance a lettuce
Terrance takes the lettuce
Terrance decides to share the lucky lettuce with the crowd
Naomi and Sean attended the launch of the 2010 Prestwich festival. Naomi towered above the crowds handing out fortune cookies. The cookies proved so popular that at one point a joke was required from anyone who wanted a cookie.
The Prestwich festival is now in it’s second year and runs for 35 days
THE AIMS OF THE PRESTWICH FESTIVAL ARE
1: To bring people into Prestwich – supporting local businesses.
2: To bring Prestwich’s diverse communities together.
3: To provide an opportunity for local people/groups to showcase their talents.
4: To raise funds for local charities and community projects.
5: To create success stories associated with Prestwich.
Details of the forthcoming events can be found at http://prestwichfestival.net/
Naomi chose the right colour dress for a photo-op with Ivan Lewis, the newly returned MP for Bury South.
All The Skills were contacted to provide walkabout and meet and greet characters for the “United Relief” event held at Old Trafford football Stadium on the 1st May.
Keeping in with the “red” theme of the event we sent Terrance our red and black Chinese Lion to entertain the crowds accompanied by a Chinese Schoolgirl on stilts. Several traditional Lion dances were performed much to the delight of the crowds waiting to enter the stadium for the concert and charity football match.
Sean continued to dazzle and amaze bystanders with his contact ball skills and keeping in with the Chinese theme he performed numerous diabolo tricks. The next step is to make him look more Chinese!!!
On Saturday Naomi and Sean provided various circus based entertainment at Tonge’s Got Talent 2009. It was the giant pink fluffy leg warmers first official outing and overall they were well received.
The day was about celebrating local talent and we were treated to singing and dancing from the Melody Pop school, football matches and a line dancing demonstration. Several special guests were invited to watch the performances including the Mayor and Lofty the Bolton Wanderer’s Lion.
After doing some walkabout, Naomi and Sean did a drop in circus skills session teaching children and their parents how to spin plates, juggle, spin diabolos and more. Sean made one senior citizen’s day by presenting her with a balloon model cat in memory of her Bertie who had recently passed on.
Naomi and Lofty the Lion
Naomi and Sean were both interviewed for Bolton FM, which gave Sean the opportunity to put to use his media training. The conversation went something like this… “So what do you think about events like this?” – ‘They’re great, it brings the comunity together and everyone has fun!’ -“What was your favourite thing today?” – ‘The circus skills!’ 🙂
Sean later was interviewed about his contact juggling, probably the first time something so reliant on visuals has been portrayed on this medium.