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Junction Arts:

Bringing Communities back together

This September sees the return of the free family event, Tapton Lock Festival, and Junction Arts, the charity behind the event, can’t wait to see you there!

Running over the weekend of Saturday the 11th and the Sunday 12th of September, the Tapton Lock Festival boasts of having something for everyone. Taking place along the banks of the Chesterfield canal, this event celebrates the great outdoors and the incredible wildlife we have on our doorstep. From a climbing wall and canoeing to art workshops and fantastic performances, there is no chance of getting bored.

Hosted in partnership with the Derbyshire County Council Countryside Service, this festival is the first large event that Junction Arts, local arts and wellbeing charity, has been able to run since March 2020. Having worked hard to continue their support to care homes, schools and families at a distance, the team is happy to be back running their events and workshops face to face again, offering people the opportunity to be creative and empowering lives.

This year, Junction Arts is on a mission to bring our communities back together safely, through its calendar of exciting events. They see how involvement in creative and social activities and interaction within our communities alleviates loneliness, anxiety and stress, and you are invited to benefit from this too!

Tapton Lock Festival, 11th-12th September

A free family festival along the banks of the Chesterfield canal. Enjoy the ever-popular climbing wall, ‘have a go’ canoes and boat rides, arts & crafts & circus skills workshops. This year they are welcoming back the captivating bubbleologist. On Sunday, enjoy children’s puppet shows and performances by Bee Guides Bombus and Borage and their amazing Bee Cart!

Clay Cross Digital Light Up, September

After working with the Clay Cross community earlier in the year to share the exciting new Town Deal investment, the charity has been busy planning a week of dynamic projection events at the end of September. Stunning new artwork will be projected onto the newly restored ventilation shaft on Market Street as well as other temporary light installations, a digital graffiti wall, and shadow stage. For more information check Junction Arts social media and website nearer the time.

London Marathon, 3rd October

Look out for the Junction Arts shirt running through the streets of London, as local runner Glen Roberts Holland takes on the challenge this year! Already raising over £800, Glen has made a massive difference in the free activities the charity has been able to deliver this year to care homes and schools.

All Junction Arts events and workshops aren’t possible without the generous support of the charity’s fundraisers and business sponsors. Their donations mean more people can feel valued and connected to their community through the vital support the arts and Junction Arts provides.

If you want to join our mission to bring our communities back together safely this September, get involved today and help us continue our working by supporting our Tapton Lock Festival.

To donate to this years Tapton Lock festival, point your phones camera at the QR code below:

Words: Hannah Bowdler (Junction Arts)

Images: Junction Arts


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