Kinetika is aware of the latest news from the Government restricting group sizes in England to no more than six people from next Monday, 14 September 2020. We are seeking advice as to how this will impact T100 Calling events and we will issue an update in due course and as fast as we reasonably can once we have further details. Please do bear with us and we thank you for your understanding whilst we seek clarification.
T100 walking, talking and making festival will this year explore local challenges, and possible solutions, in different communities on its route along the Thames through the collective process of designing and making beautiful large-scale mandalas; inspired by Scottish artist, Therese Muskus. Starting and ending in Purfleet-On-Thames, we will be walking along the Estuary – talking and making with communities and bringing them together to reflect on issues including climate change, plastic waste, reclaiming public spaces, bio-diversity, growing sustainable communities, health and well-being – whilst collaboratively making beautiful pieces of art from locally collected materials.
There are eight key events both online and live, at which we invite people to either join us to make mandalas in specific locations or to make their own mandalas in their own spaces. The key dates are as follows:
Sun 13 Sep [Online Event]: Tide Turning - Shoeburyness Beach, Southend-on-Sea
We are inviting people to make beach mandalas using pebbles and shells exploring themes of climate change, coastal erosion and flooding.
Wed 16 Sep: Germination - Parks
A mandala using found natural materials. Celebrating forests and the essential role public green spaces have played throughout lockdown. Walk in the local park, make a mandala, see the details of a leaf or hear the birds sing.
Sat 19 Sep: Spring Clean - At Home
Recycling, cleaning up the environment, collecting plastic from the Thames, the beaches and the foreshore. Recycle it into a beautiful mandala. What are the alternatives to plastic?
Sun 20 Sep: Make Do and Mend - At Home
Upcycling, turning broken things into beautiful things. Carve out some time at home to create a space to get creative with ceramics, glass or other neglected items.
Tue 22 Sep: In Other People's Shoes - Take a Walk
Wear someone else’s shoes for the day, what does it feel like? Take a favourite pair of shoes and share stories with family or friends, reflecting on journeys travelled on foot, then design a shoe mandala. What happens when walking?
Wed 23 Sep: Imagination Our Nation - In Your Mind
Creativity, wellbeing and mindfulness can make dreams come true! Have fun and think about what other materials Kinetika could use for mandalas by sharing the things that matter.
Sat 26 Sep: Renewal - In Your Garden/Street
Turning landfill into a community park, where insects and wildlife can thrive again. Make a mandala to create a natural habitat in your garden.
Sun 27 Sep: Grow Your Own - In Your Garden/Allotment
Sustainable communities, home grown vegetables and plants, foraging, living a healthy lifestyle. Make a mandala from local produce or home grown food. Plant seeds for the future and share dreams for a world that is changing.
All the walks from the last five years of T100 festivals are to be found on the T100 website and can be walked at any time. This is a great resource for anyone wanting to get out and about to discover Thurrock but also includes walks in Southend on Sea and Over in Kent.
Find out about creating mandalas and see the mandala gallery on the T100 website.