Over the past decade, this week would herald the beginning of Louth’s Zero Degrees Festival.  Although the Covid-19 crisis will prevent Zero Degrees Festival taking place this summer, the volunteer team have created some virtual community activities to bring people together.

 

The Party in the Pews event traditionally lights the blue touch paper for the festival. PiP is a family-friendly celebration of talent, with youngsters from 8 to 80 showing off their singing and dancing skills.  This year Party in the Pews is going online as a Facebook event with a great programme of specially created performances from Riverhead Theatre, Lacey Gardens Junior Academy and Do-Dance introduced by Mayor of Louth Cllr Darren Hobson, followed by a fantastic video of the event in 2019. Find PiP from 6.30 on Friday 19 June at www.facebook.com/ZeroDegreesLouth, it will remain available to view for one week.

 

Sunday 21 June would usually see our annual Vintage Day event taking over the Cornmarket. Check in to Facebook at 10am to enjoy a short video compilation of previous years by dance group 52nd Street Jump.

 

Local artist Jayne Cooper will be taking residence in Spout Yard Gallery from Saturday 20 June for two weeks, installing a new collection of paintings created in her Queen Street studio. Working in collaboration with curator Wendy House, Jayne will create several versions of the exhibition by testing out different conversations between the artworks and the viewer. Each day Jayne will share an image of the residency on the Zero Degrees website and a series of video clips documenting the changes. In the final week of the residency, the doors of Spout Yard Gallery will be open to the public, to view a final installation of the work at a socially safe distance. If the sunshine is out the café will be open from midday.  Families welcome.

The gallery will be open from Wednesday 1 to Sunday 5 July between 10am -4pm, with late openings on Friday 3 and Saturday 4 from 6pm – 8pm.

 

Everyone has been affected by the unprecedented change to normal life during the past three months and a new online project: Louth / Life in Lockdown is an opportunity to share experiences and personal reflections on what this has meant. Children, teenagers, young adults, mid-lifers and older people are invited to create a short description or poem, a drawing, cartoon or even a photo to share your unique story.

 

The Zero Degrees Festival website will display a gallery of contributions on the Zero Degrees Festival website and the team aims to find other ways to share and archive this material, once lockdown ends. For further information about Louth/Life in Lockdown and guidance about how to take part go to www.zerodegreeslouth.org.uk/entry/

 

New projects are still being developed by the team, with the possibility of outdoors performance now that restrictions are easing. Keep in touch with Zero Degrees Festival activities by following Twitter @zerodeglouth