T100 and Tilbury Carnival are topics at University conferences
ARTIST Ali Pretty, Artistic Director of Purfleet-based arts company Kinetika and Les Morgan from Tilbury have been speaking at an event in London to tell people about their recent experience of bringing the carnival back to Tilbury and Kinetika’s T100 walking festival.
Ali and Les attended the Signs of Urban Change symposium on 17 October arranged by Dr Jackie Lou of Birkbeck College, London. They presented to an audience of academics, the story of how Kinetika developed strong links with the community of Tilbury and gathered support from the Port and organisations such as the Tilbury-On-The Thames Trust to bring carnival back to the town. They discussed the creation of the 4m high Docker puppet that has become an icon for local people and how in July 2019, over 400 local people took part in the new Tilbury Windrush carnival. On display were the silk flags made by local groups working with Kinetika artists and carried in the parade.
Les Morgan is a former dock worker who has been a staunch advocate for Kinetika since he became involved with the company in 2016. Les has supported Ali to develop community events in Tilbury. He was immensely proud to see the different groups brought round the table for the Tilbury carnival project and delighted that so many children had the opportunity to be involved in the parade and in making the flags.
Ali Pretty will make an appearance at the Walking’s New Movements Conference from 1st to 3rd November at the University of Plymouth. At this conference, Ali will speak about Welcome to the Kitchen Table, this year’s T100 walking festival.
Welcome to the Kitchen Table was a 15-day contemporary pilgrimage, with a focus on recognising, exploring and celebrating the diversity of the communities living and working along the Thames estuary. The aim was to meet and strike up a conversation with local people along the way through sharing unique home-made dishes and the recipes that went into making them .
There were opportunities for writing, drawing and recording events each day and new thoughts and ideas emerged about the places visited and the way people felt connected to them.
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