Green festival ready for latest challenge

All ready for the Starling's Arts Festival at Atherton Cricket Club. Back row from left, Nichola Howard, Jane Emmison, Jayne Seddon and Julia Peak. Front from left, Tilly Howard (on floor), Alice Dolan, Oliver Howard, Madison Peak and Chloe Peak
All ready for the Starling's Arts Festival at Atherton Cricket Club. Back row from left, Nichola Howard, Jane Emmison, Jayne Seddon and Julia Peak. Front from left, Tilly Howard (on floor), Alice Dolan, Oliver Howard, Madison Peak and Chloe Peak
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ECO-friendly residents will flock to one of the borough first-ever green arts events.

Starlings Arts Festival will introduce people to a wealth of environmentally-friendly ideas as well as inspiring them with creative projects based on nature at Atherton Cricket Club.

The one-day event includes an interactive arts walk around the sports pitch at the Eckersley Fold Lane venue, performance art and spectacular installations, all on a green theme.

There will also be the opportunity for children to develop a relationship with the natural world with a fun interactive project based on the beautiful flight patterns made by groups of the birds from which the festival takes its name.

Organiser Jayne Seddon said: “To have such a fantastic arts festival is great for our town.

“Children, who will make their own murmuration as they run across the grounds, will wear starling bird costumes. Our aim is to promote health and wellbeing by connecting with nature through creative action.”

Local ecology volunteers will run wildlife walks in the area throughout the day of the festival, while those in need of retail therapy can browse the stalls at the artisan market and there will be practical workshops allowing people to learn new skills.

Cadence Cafe community hub in Tyldesley is organising the live music stage, with successful Leigh band The Lottery Winners headlining.

There will also be a barbecue and a street food stall but the organisers can bring their own picnic and a blanket.

Starlings Arts Festival is at Atherton Cricket Club on Eckersley Fold Lane on Saturday July 19 from 1pm until 7pm, followed by a jam night for adults in the clubhouse.