Marina Mightier and Boreas Zephyr, the two contenders for the 2012 title of the Glass Bead Game, are now in week three of their campaign. These great champions have visited three locations in Essex each so far and are currently level pegging in their quest for glass beads.
Marina Mightier has collected three beautiful beads from Harwich Harbour, Saffron Walden and Tour de Tendring while Boreas Zephyr has a stunning collection of three beads from Stansted Airport, Basildon and Harlow. Boreas Zephyr looks set to take the lead over the next week with appearances at Wild Woods Day in Hockley Woods on Saturday 2 June and T-Fest in Grays on Sunday 3 June.
At Wild Woods Day Boreas’ supporters can enjoy a free day of discovery in Hockley's ancient woodlands between 11am and 4pm with hi-tech Geo-caching treasure hunts, fencing, an under fives area, a climbing wall, rare bird displays and live music. Several artist commissions will also take place, featuring an outdoor visual spectacle and the culmination of an exciting community dance project.
On Sunday 3 June Boreas Zephyr will open T-Fest, the major pop music event in Thurrock as he processes aboard his chariot accompanied by an entourage of dancers. Highlights of this year’s T-Fest line-up include Janet Devlin and Lloyd Daniels of X Factor fame. There will also be a fairground, food from around the world, a mini Olympics and opportunities to join in community workshops.
Essex County Councillor Jeremy Lucas, Cabinet Member for Environment, Culture and Customer Service said: “I’d like to encourage all of our residents to share in our Champions’ journey across Essex and attend a Sparks will Fly event near them over the forthcoming bank holiday weekend. Each event promises a unique carnival atmosphere which people of all ages will enjoy and certainly remember for many years to come!”
For more information on the journey, visit www.sparkswillfly.org.uk
or follow the journey on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Sparks_Essex
and Facebook: www.facebook.com/sparkswillflyinessex
For those residents unable to make it to one of the Sparks will Fly events, videos containing highlights from the day as well as a selection of images will available on the Sparks will Fly website 24 hours after the event.
Sparks will Fly in Essex is a partnership project between Essex County Council, Chelmsford Council, and produced by Walk the Plank in partnership with borough and district councils across Essex. The project is supported by Arts Council England and the finale is part of the London 2012 Festival.