Aura is a 5 metre high puppet created by Yorkshire based Animated Objects Theatre Company who is visiting Crawley in August as part of her odyssey in the UK. Crawley will welcome her with open arms, sharing stories, music, dance and art with her as she travels around the town from 11 – 14 August 2022 as part of the Enliven: You’re Welcome season funded by Crawley Town Centre BID, Arts Council England and Crawley Borough Council.
We are celebrating the welcoming and diverse nature of Crawley and it’s residents and the 75th anniversary of the new town with this art project.
For practical information about your visit click here.
Thurs 11th August: Aura arrives at Gatwick Airport for passengers arriving and leaving the airport.
She tours Crawley on an open top bus taking in Maidenbower Park, Bewbush West Playing Field and Manor Royal Business District on her route. Bring a picnic and wave hello to Aura.
11.30am: Apple Tree Centre, Ifield Avenue, RH11 0AF
Bus drives via Langley Green parade and Manor Royal Business District
12.15pm: Maidenbower Park & Café, Maidenbower, RH10 7HG
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Bus drives via Weald Drive and Ashdown Drive, Tilgate and Bewbush Drive
1.15pm: Bewbush West Playing Field, Gemini Close, Bewbush, Crawley, RH11 6DE
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Bus drives via Ifield Mill Pond, Rusper Road back to the Apple Tree Centre.
11am: The live band at the Brewery Shades welcomes Aura to start her journey up the High Street
11.20am: Sebastian Whitlock, 8 years old, a junior associate of the Royal Ballet and Royal Academy of Dance
and his brother Logan aged 11, a member of the Royal Academy of Dance will perform for Aura at the Crow Statue
11.30am: The Comic Shop present a giant comic book to Aura made by local people
11.35am: Bloco Do Sul samba band lead Aura to Queens Square via The Broadway stopping to greet people
12.15pm: Aura arrives in Queens Square and is welcomed by Tons of Sound DJs, 17 year old poet Iffat Rahman and in partnership with DanceHub UK; Urban City Dance & Bollysteps
1pm – 2.30pm: Aura has her lunch in Memorial Gardens and watches Crawley Festival musicians and dancers on the bandstand. She is given membership to Crawley Library with a giant library card. You can take part in dance and visual art workshops by Anna Des Clayes and Lorraine Yu, experience digital artwork from Bright Black, a Belonging workshop by Crawley Museum, learn more about Crawley Pride and listen to children’s stories inspired by Aura from Crawley Library.
We invite you to bring an international picnic to share food from your cultures.
3pm: She’ll make her way to County Mall up the Martletts where she will be presented with a giant blanket made by local people and sung a lullaby written by local mothers and Murmuration Arts theatre company.
We’ll wave goodbye to Aura at Tilgate Park where she will be joined by AudioActive’s Kustom Vibes live music stage with acts from emerging local artists in partnership with Crawley Community Youth Service. Plus an exhibition of digital art made by local young people and members of the Chagossian community of Crawley by BRIGHTBLACK. Find out more here.
We welcome Crawley residents to greet her on her journey around Crawley.
You can make a flag or banner and/or wave at Aura on her route. Find out more here: HELP US WELCOME AURA TO CRAWLEY
Aura’s Odyssey is an epic reinvention of the story of the Trojan Wars made by Yorkshire based Animated Objects Theatre Company. It was originally commissioned by the Yorkshire Coast BID and Aura first arrived as a survivor of the Trojan Wars on the Yorkshire coast in April and May this year. The next chapter in her odyssey sees her visit Crawley, the only other place outside Yorkshire that she is visiting this year.
You can find out more about Animated Objects Theatre Company and how Aura is made here.
Check out our news page for the BACKSTAGE WITH AURA’S ODYSSEY SERIES where you can find out more about some of the people involved in the project.
Read about how outdoor culture can improve urban life in an article by Louise Blackwell, Creative Director of Creative Crawley in City Monitor (part of the New Stateman group) here.
Read about why Animated Objects are bringing Aura to Crawley in Reviews Hub here.
Read more about how we are celebrating Crawley in Art UK here.
Funded by Crawley Town Centre Business Improvement District, Arts Council England and Crawley Borough Council.