Tuesday, February 27, 2024

TICC Festival set to return

Secundum Tamesim Quovis Gentium | Along the Thames to all the peoples of the World

THURROCK International Celebration of Culture (TICC) is Thurrock’s world cultural festival. It has expanded beyond the High Street this year to more spacious locations over two days. It remains a free event and a great family day out. At TICC Festival, there will be a range of diversity – a world food feast, heritage exhibitions, performances, world music and storytelling by pirates. Activities will include public participatory art making, music workshops and community dancing.


With the help of TICC hosts, visitors will be introduced to participants and dialogue created to ‘get to know’ one another in a relaxed, chilled out, ‘stronger together’ atmosphere. Animating TICC festival will be some splendid wheelchair boats and props created by the students of Beacon Hill Academy and customers of Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions.

5th July – Kinetika’s T100 Launch introduces the walking festival that will explore Thurrock’s varied heritage through shared recipes and personal stories.

6th July – the main TICC Festival with MP Jackie Doyle-Price and VIPs in an opening performance at 11.30am followed by a T100 lunch before the character of Samuel Pepys (Mike Ostler) leads the food trail off on a two walk around South Essex. Food on offer will include Nepalese, African (Lizzy’s Kitchen), Asian, European.

Activities at TICC Festival on 6th July are as follows, some linked to historical anniversaries.

Indonesian gamelan music (programmed by Sarah Bilby)
performances, workshops, community dancing
featuring Jagat Gamelan, Sekar Enggal and Indonesian musicians Iwan Gunawan, Hendrawati and Kyai Fatahillah, and the pupils of gamelan music school workshops.
marking the 150th year of The publication of The Malay Archipelago by Alfred Russel Wallace
sponsored by The Indonesian Embassy

Japanese music
performances, workshops, community dancing
featuring the London Okinawa Sanshinkai (associated with SOAS, University of London)
120 years ago Japanese sailors perished in a Japanese ship that caught fire in Tilbury docks of which there are two memorials in Chadwell St Mary’s parish church.

West African music and dance
performances, workshops, community dancing
featuring Efua Sey Cultural Academy

Nepalese cultural village
food, performances, community dancing
featuring Thurrock Nepalese (Gurkha) Community

Public participation
Paint or draw a peace flag to mark Gandhi’s 150th birthday and his philosophy of non-violent protest with help from artist Steve Lawes, singing Dove of Peace (Ashley Palipana BYcA) and Gandhi on stilts (Bishan Mazumder). Flags will be hung as ship’s bunting to reflect the passenger liners that Gandhi travelled to Tilbury Docks in.
Paint a sculpture by Als Peculiararts of Henry de Grey who died 800 years ago and after whom Grays is named.
Have your portrait painted by Ginger Kara.

Thurrock Museum
Museum Collection on Tour displaying 4 objects from the archives of the Museum people of Thurrock have voted to go on tour
Information on Henry de Grey, Alfred Russel Wallace and The Malay Archipelago
Samuel Pepys commemoration coin produced by The Royal Mint marking the 350th year of Samuel Pepys last diary entry.
Displays from Bata Heritage Centre and Purfleet Heritage & Military Centre

Thurrock Libraries
display of library books
narrations by pirates of extracts from books selected by library staff

A delicious spread from different areas of Africa, Caribbean, Indonesia, Romania, Sri Lanka, South Asia, Nepal, Southeast Asia.

Indonesian Embassy | Riverside Community | Thameside | Thurrock CVS

Kinetika | South Essex College | Thurrock Lifestyle Solutions


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