The DNweekeND

Fri 9 May to Sun 11 May


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Right Up Our Street - The DNweekeND 

Friday 9 – Sunday 11 May 2014


PLEASE NOTE: Sharon Richard's Flashmob performance are as follows: Saturday at 12 noon at Printing Office Street (T J Hughes) and 1pm at Frenchgate Centre (Debenhams)


For one weekend only, experience public spaces and empty shops in Doncaster come alive with fun, free activities for all the family!

From Friday afternoon to Sunday afternoon, the DNweekeND will animate Frenchgate and Waterdale shops and open spaces across the town centre, as well as Lakeside Village with a celebration of creativity. 

  • Catch bands outside Frenchgate Centre or in Sir Nigel Gresley Square.
  • See synchronised dancing in a fountain.
  • Pop in to a camera obscura in an empty shop.
  • Explore the work of local visual artists in windows and on the streets.

Who knows what's around the corner during the DNweekeND?

Watch out also for associated activities taking place in five surrounding community areas: Balby, Bentley, East and Mexborough.

Proud to be part of Yorkshire Festival 2014, over 100 days of art and culture. 


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  • Fri 9 May to Sun 11 May
    2:00pm to 2:30pm


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Doncaster upside down, dry-land synchronised swimming, endless doodles and a ‘submercyle’ for Right Up Our Street’s DNweekeND!


DNweekeND full programme announced

DNweekeND – Doncaster’s first ever Right Up Our Street arts festival will see free entertainment, performances and installations from local and international artists transforming the borough from Friday 9 – Sunday 11 May.  From dry-land synchronised swimming experiences in the Sir Nigel Gresley Square fountains from Yorkshire Life Aquatic to the Pif-Paf Submercycle, where the people of Doncaster are invited to journey on a voyage of discovery under the seas in the town centre, and a camera obscura created by artist Nick Dawson – giving the chance to see Doncaster upside down – the weekend promises the opportunity to discover or do something truly unique in the town.  

DNweekeND is the first inaugural festival to be organised by Right Up Our Street, Doncaster’s successful bid to Arts Council England’s ‘Creative People and Places’ fund. DNweekeND is part of the Yorkshire Festival Fringe, the first ever arts festival to precede the Grand Départ in its 111 year history.

It will also be hard to miss DNweekeND – with a total of 48 events taking place across 14 locations around Doncaster and surrounding areas of Balby, Bentley, East and Mexborough, including performances, workshops and surprising happenings at The Frenchgate Centre and The Waterdale Shopping Centre, Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery, Sir Nigel Gresley Square (outside Cast), The Point, Doncaster Central Library and Mexborough Markets.DNweekeND festival curator is Andrew Loretto, Creative Producer of Right Up Our Street. Andrew, previously Creative Producer for Sheffield Theatres, says:

“The DNweekeND is a chance for people of all ages in Doncaster to see and take part in a terrific range of arts events, performances and exhibitions.  There is something for everyone to seek out in all sorts of nooks, crannies and public spaces in Doncaster town centre and further afield as part of the festival programme. Local artists and groups have really risen to the challenge and I hope audiences will want to try something new and have lots of fun in the process.”Other highlights include The Endless Doodle - a special large-scale doodle on a shop hoarding in Frenchgate Centre led by international choreographer Wayne Sables and artist Charlotte Armitage,  a multi-sensory, interactive installation, Triangulate, by Mike Hesp in the heart of the Waterdale Shopping Centre and the launch of Doncaster’s brand new free arts magazine, The Doncopolitan. Available from 10 May, the new monthly magazine will feature the full spectrum of Doncaster’s arts, music, fashion, society, alternative and entertainment culture.

There will also be a showcase of up and coming local live bands and musicians playing on the Sine FM’s Outside Broadcasting vehicle based at Frenchgate Clock Tower throughout the weekend, as well as Doncaster Naturalists’ Society, who will be at Doncaster Museum and Art Gallery from 2pm – 4.30pm on Friday and 10.30am – 4.15pm on Saturday and Sunday, creating artwork out of every day natural objects, as well as fossil handling sessions with local palaeontologist Dean Lomax. 

Sadler’s Wells’ critically acclaimed international festival of hip-hop dance theatre, Breakin’ Convention, hits Cast with jaw-dropping performances by companies from around the world and around the corner. There are Breakin' Convention free events in the Sir Nigel Gresley from 12 – 3pm, featuring breaking battles and live graffiti, with pre show events from 6pm and the main event at 7.30pm. There is also plenty for the smaller Doncaster resident to do over the weekend with a variety of activities for the whole family.  For the really little ones there’s free Creative Dance Sessions for children aged 0-5 and their parents with Lyndsey Hunt - at 1.00pm and 2.00pm on Saturday at Waterdale Shopping Centre, as well as tons of workshops and hands-on activities to take part in.

DNweekeND is one of nearly 50 events that have been selected to be officially part of Yorkshire Festival 2014 which will also include hundreds of fringe events. Visit /Yorkshire Festival on Facebook or follow Yorkshire Festival 2014 on Twitter - YFest2014.

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For press information on Right Up Our Street please contact Jane Verity, Bonner & Hindley, 07854 759480,



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Image: Pif-Paf Theatre

This event is kindly supported by Frenchgate Centre, Waterdale Shopping Centre, Lakeside Village Retail Outlet, Doncaster Libraries, Doncaster Mueseum & Art Galleries and DMBC. 

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