Sights and Sounds

01 March 2012


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Caerphilly Castle, Wales - a heritage site that hosts many creative events and Cultural Olympiad projects. Photography by Robert Payne.Caerphilly Castle, Wales - a heritage site that hosts many creative events and Cultural Olympiad projects. Photography by Robert Payne.

The theme of our blog for March is somewhat different from our previous subjects.  This month we are focusing on ‘Sights and Sounds’ – looking in particular at the ways in which projects throughout the UK are using the creative arts to enhance people’s enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of great places and spaces.

This concept has moved on a long way from the traditional orchestral concert or rendition of a Shakespeare play set in the grounds of a castle or stately home.  Not, of course, that there is anything wrong with either of those types of performance, and indeed every summer events along those lines continue to be enjoyed by many.  However, they tend not to have any direct connection with the location in which they are staged, and what we are considering instead is the use of creative ideas to change the way in which a space or place is viewed.

Cadw, the Welsh heritage agency, have done some remarkable work in this field in their own properties, such as at Caerphilly Castle, and many of our world heritage sites have also led the way.  We want to hear from you about great events and activities you have attended or taken part in, and how they have helped you to a new appreciation of a historic site or natural landscape.  We are also inspired this month by the Music Nation events presented by the BBC and the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games. The performances take place on 3th and 4th March as part of the London 2012 Festival, and include music drawing on the areas in which the composers and performers are based.

Let us know about  your experiences, and enjoy another active month of Discovery!

 

Post by Loyd Grossman, Chairman of The Heritage Alliance.

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