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Urban Orienteering with The Lantern Company

This summer I worked with award-winning, Liverpool-based creative events company, The Lantern Company. The Street by Street, Creative Revolution has begun, and the DIY Festival project is now live!

Back in July, The Lantern Company put a call out for artists to help create a DIY Festival blueprint for families, community groups and neighbours. The Lantern Company is known for producing memorable, artistic events ( City of Light, The Monster Halloween Ball, Lumiere London, Liverpool Sound City, Hong Kong Parade, etc.) Due to Coronavirus lockdown, The Lantern Company can’t bring people together in its usual, inspiring way and so, it launched a brand new initiative. A DIY Festival Kit.

The Lantern Company

From The Lantern Company website: “The Street by Street Creative activities have been specially designed to kick start the party, from where you live. You can enjoy the activities in any way you want – at home anytime or as a way of connecting with your neighbours.

If you want to inspire families, friends, and neighbours to come together in your block / street / local park in a safe and socially distanced way, these activities are the perfect way to come together, apart, and have a mini celebration.”

I saw the call for commissions and immediately set to work on my proposal. A few weeks earlier I’d taken to the paths of Springfield Park to create some chalk artwork challenges for kids and their families to enjoy. They were well received and so I submitted my ideas to The Lantern Company – and they loved them too!

The Lantern Company

So, it gives me immense pleasure (still can’t believe I get to say this) to present to you – The Lantern Company, Street by Street Creative Revolution, DIY Festival Kit. Included are 6 different activities ranging from dance to music, baking, art, and my very own addition: Urban Orienteering.

Playing out is the new staying in! Inspired by old school pavement games, such as hopscotch, this workshop shows you how to create your own fun trail, using basic art materials and your imagination. Plan your route down the garden path, driveway, street, or community centre, with 2m gaps, add a start and finish line and get ready to race.

Rain or shine, young or old, we’ll have you stomping, roaring, twirling, and reaching for the stars, safely with your friends, families, and neighbours.

It’s essentially an arty obstacle course. It can be as easy or difficult as you want to make it. My favourite steps have been ‘Stomp and Roar like a Dinosaur’, ‘Emoji Stepping Stones’, and ‘Walk The Plank’.

For all the info about the DIY Festival from The Lantern Company, including video workshops and downloadable PDF’s, click here.

We’d love to see your own DIY Festival pics and receive your feedback. Share your pics with the hashtag #LanternDIYfestival and have LOADS of fun! 

 

 

 

 

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Guest Blog: How Many Could You Eat?

The Liverpool Loves event came to a sensational end on Saturday with The People’s Festival at the Pier Head. Local charities, talented artists and delicious street food entertained and thousands gathered to enjoy everything Liverpool has to offer.

My personal favourite activity of the day were the BROWNIES…and the magical folks down at Treats Bake Shop might have just created the ultimate brownie…..meet The Oreo!


In all its glory. This majestic brownie was the most beautiful thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. By the time I worked my way around to the Bake Shop stall, Ian (wizard baker extraordinaire) had sold out of the other Treats specialty flavoured brownies such as triple chocolate and chocolate orange….and it was only 2pm! Sadly I had to wait all day until I could proudly display the Oreo beauty upon my flatmates Cath Kidston plate and pour myself the obligatory glass of milk. Chocolatey torture!

The gooey goodness was sublime, thick and bouncy and still moist despite sitting my bag for 6 humid hours whilst I drank far too many ciders. The Oreo parts were to die for, with crunchy biscuit and fluffy cream centre that complimented the gooeyness of the brownie perfectly! Are you drooling yet? You should be!

As a self-confessed brownie connoisseur, I highly recommend Treats Bake Shop to everyone for any occasion! Had a bad day? A brownie can fix that. Had an awesome day? A brownie will make it even better! Plus they are a lovely bunch who wouldn’t judge you for buying 16 brownies knowing fine well you’ll eat them all in your comfy pants whilst binge watching The Great British Bake Off. You can find Treats Bake Shop on Facebook here!

On yer bike Mary Berry!

Caroline Alexandria, Brownie Connosisseur

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