Sat 19th Sep
12-2.30pm | MANDI & the Grays Mandala
WE WISH TO SEND OUR HEARTFELT THANKS TO ALL OUR PARTNERS, VOLUNTEERS AND PARTICIPANTS WHO HAVE MADE THURROCK FESTIVAL 2020 SUCH A SUCCESS DESPITE THE CHALLENGING CIRCUMSTANCES. ALMOST ALL OUR DIGITAL FESTIVAL IS AVAILABLE FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE SO PLEASE CONTINUE TO VISIT US AND CHECK OUR NEW CONTENT AS WE UPLOAD THEM. WE ARE NOW WORKING FOR CHRISTMAS.
This year, although we have had to limit our live event to the making of Grays Mandala to Grays Wharf, we’ve managed to rustle up something quite special for the day. Just by the Thames. Our day resonated with World Clean Up Day, the Great British September Clean and is featured in Totally Thames.
We hosted the public Grays Mandala in partnership with Kinetika’s T100 Mandalas. Inspired by Scottish mandala making artist Therese Muskus, different hubs across Thurrock prepared for the making of these mandalas. Ours was the theme of ‘Spring Clean’ facilitated by local artist Kara Thompson. Spaces were limited due to Covid – 19 restrictions and only 6 places were available. Our mandala theme marked the 50th anniversary of Earth Day.
The remarkable MANDI, a large recycled plastic puppet made a stunning live appearance in a secret location. An acronym for Mandala Adored Nobel Deity Icon, she has been created by local artists Cece Luna. She danced to pieces from her Treasure Chest of Music specially composed by Hi Ching with additional music from Kirit Singh. She will make her online appearance soon.
Grays Mandala was made with piles of brilliantly coloured plastics ‘gems from the Thames’. These were collected from along the Thames and untiringly cleaned by Steve Catchpole and the Thames Beachcombers over the past year. Steve carries out a remarkable job as Thurrock’s River Action Clean-Up Facilitator | Thames21 River Action Group.
Ketna Patel’s imposing 4 metre W.T.F. art banner did not appear on the railings by the Thames. Instead, this brilliant splash of Asian pop art is now online. Not just a pretty piece of decoration, if you find any of the symbolism needs explanation, Ketna’s video will do just that.
At Grays Wharf, our young host Ashley had cancel his appearance. But, as he is a chatty fellow, he will remain online to keep you in touch with new content and the artists and work presented at Thurrock Festival Digital.
FESTIVAL VIDEOS 2020