- WonderZoo CIC
- A Press of Suspects
- Mindful Art Club
In September 2023, we would like to create a 5 day festival around the theme of Storytelling in its many forms, which will have a daytime workshop and an evening performance event at intimate venues in Stonehouse. 10 events in total.
In 2022 WonderZoo created the Storyteller Pilot Festival, with research into how viable and popular this kind of festival would be in the city. From feedback forms, we had a very positive response, so we felt the festival would be well received this year, taking what we learnt from last year and making it even better.
We hope to create a small Storytelling festival in Stonehouse, as a stepping stone to creating a city-wide festival.
Stonehouse in Plymouth has a thriving multi-cultural community, with a demand for more arts and cultural events. In 2021 and 2022, WonderZoo created two pilot festivals around the idea of Storytelling, which has allowed us to find out what people want and what they enjoy the most.
In 2021, WonderZoo created an online festival called ‘Lost Time’, during the era of Covid restrictions, working with four other organisations. The online festival was well received, and the feedback showed us that an in-person festival was desired by the online attendees we surveyed.
In 2022, we created the Storyteller Pilot Festival with 18 other organisations, which gave us the opportunity to run an in-person festival across 6 small venues in Stonehouse, with a research element that showed us what people thought of the events we offered. We gained a lot of positive responses, which gave us evidence that the festival worked well, and we were able to see which kinds of events were the most or least popular.
In 2023, with the knowledge gained from the previous festivals, we would like to create another festival that uses small venues around Stonehouse, providing opportunities for creativity, fun, friendship-building and cultural enrichment in an inclusive and accessible way across 10 venues, featuring around 22 organisations. With the cost of living crisis, social isolation and lack of venues for performances, we want the festival to be a way of bringing people together in fun ways, to enhance lives and allow performers to have a platform. We would like to keep ticket prices either free or donation based, to ensure there are no barriers to attendance.
We hope to build new relationships with venues and organisations that we haven’t worked with before in previous festivals, including the Stonehouse Lawn Tennis Club, Oxford Creative House, Ocean Studios and Manor Street Galleries. With representatives of these groups attending the planning stages of the festival, we hope that friendships and partnerships can be formed as a result, which will encourage more exciting collaborations to emerge, thus strengthening the cultural sector of Plymouth.
We hope that this festival will give us further experience to be able to take us to a much bigger city-wide festival in the near future.