STOKE NEWINGTON is blessed with two St Mary’s churches, above, each complementing the other in a way that serves local people, and not just those who are Church of England.
Few other buildings can provide their range of facilities, which makes the venues a natural to host concerts and artsy festivals.
And you don’t get more artsy than Breathe, a festival and “celebration of air”. At the heart of the festival is a wind harp that has been installed in the gothic-style spire of the younger St Mary’s, above. Here’s a lively video of the harp.
Compositions have been commissioned “to respond,” say the organisers, “to the theme of breath or the sound of the harp”. Who says New Ageism is over?
Storytelling, dance, meditation, children’s and interfaith activities and locally made windmills in one of the churchyards will also feature.
Festival director Rachel Millward told Loving Dalston: “When Output Arts told me about its wind harp, I jumped at the opportunity to develop a multifaceted celebration of this precious element which unites us all.
“There’s nothing more exciting than giving exceptional artists the challenge of responding to each other’s work.”
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