Milton Keynes welcomes Dundu and Worldbeaters.
Thousands were captivated by the sensational collaborative performance Sense of Unity as part of Inside Out Dorset 2021. Fresh from the success of their processions in Weymouth, German puppeteers Dundu and the north of England’s Worldbeaters are heading to Milton Keynes City of Light Festival.
Speaking to the Dorset Echo, co-Artistic Director Bill Gee explained that the shows “are about bringing us together. The show’s concept is about life and light, and to share happiness and joy.
“Sense of Unity shows how we want to spread unity. We do that by welcoming the Dundu from Germany. Even though we have voted out of the European Union, we want to show we’re still part of the European family – and that we can still work together.
“The Worldbeaters and the Dundu have been touring all over the world since 2017 when we started up.
“Everything was put on hold during the pandemic, but Inside Out is originally from Dorset so it’s great to bring such a happy show to the county’s unique areas.”
As dusk fell, crowds gathered at Weymouth’s Swannery Car Park to witness the mesmerising Worldbeaters drummers begin their search for baby Dundu.
“Hope to see more like this” said one feedback comment from a Facebook user, “watching peoples faces you could just see the magic it created”.
For Milton Keynes City of Light Festival, the 50–60-minute dusk parade show will start at Midsummer Place and wind for one mile, down Midsummer Avenue to the Hub, and then on to Milton Keynes Station. This will be accompanied by Samba-style drumming from World Beaters, an ethereal Kora player and a lively Bhangra Performance by Eternal Taal.
Following the Sense of Unity finale, there will be speeches from the organisers and invited guests, then large LCD screens will display digital light projections created by the local community at recent artist-led workshops . This is followed by performances from the Eternal Taal Bhangra group and the Fusion of Caribbean Steel Drum Band.
Rounding off the evening a powerful interactive laser show; Seb-Lee Delisle’s ‘Laser Light City’ project. A multiple array of powerful lasers on the roof of the station will beam light and colour into the sky. The colours, patterns and positions of the lasers can be changed by the public via a Smatphone App.
This is a FREE event.
For more details visit: http://www.mkiac.org/project/city-of-light-/