Wordpool (Blackpool Council’s 6th Annual Festival of Words) took part between 31/10/2012 and 16/11/2012. This was the first year that Aunty Social has been involved hosting three events in the programme.
Halloween Screen 31/10/2012
A double bill of black and white gothic horror from the vault. This was a rare chance to see two classic horror films Nosferatu (1922) and Frankenstein (1931) on the big screen in the wonderful setting of the Winter Gardens Pavilion. To match the atmospheric venue, we asked the audience to dress up. Prizes were awarded to the best dressed! The evening finished with Torchlit tours of the Winter Gardens.
With an audience of over 100 in attendance, this was a great fundraiser for the Winter Gardens Trust and Aunty Social. Aunty will be returning to the Winter Gardens for more screenings in 2013.
Dave Kirkwood, founder of 3hundredand65, a graphic novel, created on Twitter, one day at a time in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust.
Trust. The event included a Q&A, a chance to look through the project sketchbooks and fundraising auctions and competitions. We managed to raise £327 for the Teenage Cancer Trust by holding two online auctions of art work by Pure Evil and Sam ‘Mr Sam’ Shearon as well as a more traditional cake sale and raffle. Dave got his wish of securing Simon Pegg to compose a tweet for the project (due on the 24th Dec 2012). Let’s hope our Twitter-nagging helped!
For more information on the project, visit: http://www.3hundredand65.co.uk/
Exhibition: 16/11/2012 – 30/11/2012
31daysinBlackpool was a diary with a difference, locals and visitors will contribute to a photo diary of Blackpool via Twitter. Participants took a photograph of/in Blackpool at 31 minutes past any hour and tweeted it using the hashtag #31days. The winner of the competition was Kimberley-Jayne Wright with her Legend of Zelda themed photo of Salisbury Woodland.
For an overview of the rest of the festival, there are some great photos on both the Wordpool blog and the Facebook sites and reviews on the AltBlackpool website. AltBlackpool have nominated Wordpool as one of five best events in Blackpool in 2012, you can vote on their site soon.
Overall, Wordpool delivered 20 events, 62 workshops/sessions, 8 new commissions/projects/pilots, 53 exhibition days (2 new exhibitions), employed 52 artists/writers/poets, and had over 2500 participants/audiences (the figures are still coming in on this and this doesn’t include the exhibition audiences, college workshops or our virtual audiences).