With the Big Dance Bus coming to the Maltings this Saturday we’ve been having lots of people wanting to know more details of how the day will run. We thought we’d take this opportunity to answer some of the more frequently asked questions here so you know what you need to do and where you need to go before the event starts at midday Saturday.
What exactly is going on?
This Saturday morning, a big shiny London red bus will park up outside the front of the Maltings in the car park. Out of it will come a huge colourful dancefloor, a whopping great big sound system with an awesome DJ and a team of some of the most enthusiastic dancers you’re ever likely to meet! Joining them will be the resident dance companies of the Maltings – Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures & Re:Bourne, The Dance Movement and Stopgap Dance Company who will all showoff some of their incredible dance routines and then invite you up to have a go too. You can see the full day schedule here.
One of the things you can do is take part in the Hoola Hooping workshop at 1:10pm just like these kids did at the Westfield Shopping Centre in Hammersmith.
Why is the Big Dance Festival coming to Farnham?
Big Dance is a bi-annual festival run by the Mayor of London that aims to get the people of London up and dancing and the bus helps make this possible by taking some of the capital’s best dance groups out into the community. There is also a global element to the festival which launched last month with 40,000 dancers across 30 countries performing the Dance Bus Pledge dance choreographed by Akram Khan simultaneously which will be performed again at the festival main event in Trafalgar Square on Sat 02 July.
We’re very lucky to have the Big Dance Bus making the special journey out to Farnham thanks to the support of our new resident dance company, Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures – the famous award-winning dance company that has produced some internationally renowned shows such as Swan Lake, Car Man and Lord of the Flies.
‘We are delighted to be launching our partnership with the Maltings through an event that symbolises everything we care about at New Adventures and Re:Bourne – world-leading dance, lots of fun and laughter and some unexpected moments of surprise along the way. We look forward to meeting the community on 18 June.’ James Mackenzie-Blackman, Executive Director, New Adventures and Re:Bourne
How much does it cost to get involved?
Nothing! It is a completely free non-ticketed event. All you have to do is turn up for the performances and workshops you’d like to see or particiapte in and enjoy!
Will I be able to get something to eat?
There will be plenty of food and drink available with the Riverside café & Foyer Bar open throughout the day. We’ll also have a scrumptious BBQ going to make this a true summer festival.
Is there parking?
Yes, but it’s limited so get here early! The car park will be closed overnight on Fri (from 11pm Fri – 8am Sat) to make room for the bus to arrive and unload but the far side of the car park will be open after that. There are plenty of other parking options around the town however which are all within easy walking distance. See Waverley Borough Council’s list of car parking options & prices here.
Is it just for kids?
No, it’s for everyone! Young, old. Not matter what dance ability. There are special workshops for tiny tots but other than that everyone’s is welcome to try everything from Lindy hop to tap before the event closes with an open dance party where it will be virtually obligatory to join in!