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Folklore Festival of World Dance, 10th August - 18th August 2019

Billingham World Explorers project focuses on celebrating 250th Anniversary of Captain Wallis discovering of the island of Tahiti in 1767, linking it with Captain James Cook, who was born in our region and later followed Captain Samuel Wallis's expedition discovering the Cook Islands in Polynesia. The project will be carried out in close cooperation with the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Marton, Middlesbrough.

We are inviting a wide range of community participants, including primary and secondary schools, community interest groups & families on an exciting journey. Participants will visit the Museum exploring the lives and journeys of the two famous captains, followed by interpretations of the two captains journeys at the festival through community participant’s visual art work, films, storytelling, poetry, drama and dance, created prior to the festival with the help of professional visual and performance artists.

The project will culminate in the creation of an interactive journey through the centre of Billingham, visually mapping out the expeditions of the 2 captains. Festival visitors and audience will also be given a map, which they will use to follow the route, with finale dance and music performances by three visiting dance companies from Easter Island, New Zealand and Tahiti, the three destinations from the expeditions of two captains.

- Billingham World Explorers Resource Pack for Schools and Community Groups

- Billingham World Explorers Photo Report

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