Two creative Lichfield mums have been working hard to reignite the spark for the Fuse festival this summer and bring it back with a bang to the city.
Co-directors of Lichfield Arts event, Natasha Hettihewa-Young and Cathy Fellows picked up the mantle following on from last years’ hiatus and have been planning the return since they joined Lichfield Arts last year.
The pair have relaunched the festival with a refreshed brand, having wanted to increase the emphasis on it being a celebration of all the different communities of the city and surrounding areas.
The free festival, which will be running in Beacon Park from July 8 to 10, will feature activities and entertainment for families and young people, including digital project by Luxmuralis. Artist Peter Walker and his wife Kathryn will be capturing footage of local people giving their perspective on life in Lichfield.
Natasha and Cathy are being helped by over 100 volunteers to make Fuse 2016 a reality.
Mum of two Natasha, 34, said: “One of our main aims for this years’ festival is to bring together the local community to enjoy a range of positive, enabling experiences in a vibrant and welcoming environment accessible to all – and we can’t wait for everyone to come along and get involved.”
There will be two music stages, as well as a marquee hosting circus skills workshops.
Other entertainment includes pop-up performances from Silhouette Dance Academy and Lichfield Lighthouse Company, along with onsite magician Damon Conlan and stilt walkers
Staffordshire Guiding will also be hosting kids activities in a children’s craft marquee.
The event will also launch the Fuse Ambassadors Programme, which is aimed at Secondary Sixth Formers giving them a chance to get work experience at the festival by helping with marketing, fundraising and volunteering.
Cathy, a 40-year-old mum of two, added: “We are so excited for this year’s event to kick off and we hope to get communities and families across the city and across Staffordshire along to enjoy the free event.”