DNweekeND Festival 2017- Line Up Announcement!

4 Jul 2017 by rachelr

Doncaster- you’re invited to our annual street festival on 9-10 September 2017! The DNweekeND Festival is back for a fourth year- creating a colourful family-friendly street extravaganza for one weekend- with some of the best arts and performance both home-grown and from across the country taking over the town centre for two days of free fun for all ages!

Sir Nigel Gresley Square will be the festival hub with activities leading down through The Village at Waterdale Shopping Centre and inside Cast too. The festival will be packed with surprising and astounding free entertainment including street theatre, circus, music, dance, painting, photography and crafts. We’re kicking off the St Leger Festival week in style with Doncaster’s celebration of creativity.

We’ll be putting up the bunting and flags and creating the colourful festival square- you just bring the family or friends, enjoy pop-up festival food and drinks stalls or bring a picnic and spread out in our picnic area or deckchairs and take in the range of activities and performance.


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The DNweekeND is a member of the Without Walls Associate Touring Network, a group of festivals working together to extend the reach and benefits of the existing Without Walls programme in areas where there is low engagement with the arts, bringing high-quality outdoor work to diverse audiences across England. www.withoutwalls.uk.com/atn


SATURDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 12-7 SUNDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 12-4 (with previews Friday 8th September)

Full schedule of events will be announced soon.

Project_Vee- Circus Geeks and PanGottic 

Project_Vee image by Joe Clarke

Juggling meets roulette wheel: danger, skill and unpredictable moments. Project_Vee is a nod to a Soviet-era circus act, remixed for the 21st century. When steel, concrete and motors meet, Project_Vee takes juggling in a different dimension. A 25-minute juggling duet based around a spinning seesaw structure, raising up to 3m high.

The Lift- Wet Picnic

wet picnic the lift

The Lift returns to Doncaster, after delighting audiences at the Delicious Doncaster Festival. Three hilarious bellhops invite you to step inside their roving lift giving you a surreal theatrical experience that you won't forget. Each lift button chosen triggers a riotous scene or event which is performed for both the audience member in The Lift and those on the outside looking in.


The Awakening- Stopgap Dance


The Awakening is an exhilirating dance piece involving four characters trapped in a strange but mesmerising ritual. Choreographed by learning disabled dance artist Chris Pavia, The Awakening is performed by four disabled and non-disabled dancers. A quiet but simmering disruption in an outdoor space.


Roadworks- Etta Ermini Dance Theatre


Roadworks is a 25 minute quirky and humorous engagement between a dancer and a BMX rider devised and directed by Etta Ermini Dance Theatre. The dance theatre piece incorporates acrobatics, B-Boying, Contemporary dance, BMX-ing, music, clowning and physical theatre. A piece which is sure to enthuse all ages and backgrounds with its comedic narrative and high-octane movement vocabulary.


The Aperitif- Wet Picnic


From the fantastically bizarre minds of Wet Picnic (The Lift) comes 'The Aperitif'; an eccentric take on a silent disco combined with a communal experience and thought provoking satire. A mix of surreal, physical and downright silly comedy! In preparation for their annual ball, Lord Gredus, has decided to offer some of his potential guests the chance to have a taste of the high life, a sneak peak of power, class and indulgence.
His faithful staff however have other ideas in mind! So in a pre-determined location, guests are invited to attend the Gredus Aperitif and join the french waiters for a dinner to remember.


Lance Moi En L’Air- Joli Vyann


Dance meets circus in this playfully acrobatic piece which translates in English to 'Throw me in the air' . Two performers meet and take you on an energetic physical journey.  A captivating performance asks can we be strong whilst relaxed? Heavy whilst light? Grounded whilst levitated?


Window Painting- Peter Olding (previewing Friday 8th September evening)

Peter Olding

Demonstrating the art of large scale painting on the outside of windows at Cast and the Village at Waterdale shops. Painting as big as the window allows, one for each day of the Festival, Friday, Saturday, Sunday. The images will combine views from around the town with intriguing ‘quotes’ from the world’s favourite artworks.

Picture Doncaster- Les Monaghan (previews from Friday 8th evening)

Picture Doncaster. How do you see it? What sums up Donny? The Minster, Frenchgate, the racecourse? A portrait of Donny the Dog? The markets, the high street, the people? What’s important? The town, the river, the villages, the whole borough? History; the railways, the pits, the plant? Or right now? Or the future? What four images would you show to a stranger to describe Doncaster? How should we represent ourselves?


Songs of Our Town (previewing Friday 8th September evening)

songs of our town

The Songs of Our Town Album Launches at DNweekeND! Who are the unsung heroes of Doncaster? What are the stories and tales that we never hear? Songs Of Our Town is an imaginative and creative collaboration between musician Michael Jenkinson and poet Ian Parks dedicated to recognising and celebrating exactly that. Live performances of the songs that make up the album from the talented local artists.


Secret Encounters-C12 Dance

secret encounters c12 dance

Four immersive pop up dances appear and disappear in public spaces. Funny, technical, physical and an online tinder date, these pieces are a window into relationships having removed all performance related accessories such as the music, listings, performance times, a curtain call, allowing unsuspecting audiences to experience special, subtle and human relationship moments in a natural way.


Sensomatic- Same Difference


Sense-O-Matic is a walkabout, much-talked-about, splendorous, spectacular, scientific discovery machine! Same Difference's Victorian-inspired invention is a fantastical object, created by eccentric technologists to aid them in their endeavours ... to record observations of their immediate environment in this wonderful world of ours!

Sharon Richards Singing School and Bentley Community Choir

An upbeat choir/singing group with movement. This intergenerational group spans from age 7 to 70. New and old material with crowd pleasing favourites bound to get your toes tapping.

Doves of Doncaster

doves of doncaster

Doves of Doncaster marks the centenary of the end of World War One in 2018 by creating a trail of doves through the town. The project uses the dove, a well known symbol of peace to unite our diverse communities through creative participation. During the DNweekeND, drop in and take part in making one of the doves through a free arts and crafts workshop.

Doncaster Concert Band

Doncaster Concert Band perform lively and entertaining light music-pop, film music and music for children. Doncaster Concert Band play a high standard and truly enjoy what they play together, and their love of music communicates straight to the audience.


A community choir singing a wide range of popular songs.

Wobbly Wire Automata Workshop at The Point


amazing artist and automata maker Johnny White, who will help you to construct your own wobbly wire sculptures, using simple mechanisms such as cranks and cams. A great opportunity for budding inventors!



Slow Down Sunday 

Our friends at the Doncopolitan have partnered with us to curate a special event especially for this year's DNweekeND, Slow Down Sunday: Board in Donny. Doncopolitan invites you to enjoy life and have fun….at a slower pace. Slow Down Sunday is all about the ethos of enjoying life and having fun- without having to spend tons of money. Showcasing local artists and makers with a distinct focus on street art and urban farming, Slow Down Sunday will be planting seeds of inspiration and cultivating the slow down vibes in The Village at Waterdale during Sunday. 



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