C H E O N G S O N G A P P L E F E S T I V A L.
October 2017 saw me undertake my second international project, I travelled to Cheongsong in South Korea with Handmade Parade where we collaborated with puppetry organisation Namoodak. This month long project saw the team create lanterns with 8 villages in the Cheongsong area resulting in 8 consecutive village parades and then a 9th parade that brought all of the villages together to celebrate the opening of the apple festival.
The team also designed and made giant sun and moon puppets along with a giant Dokkaebi puppet. As well as assisting on these makes with structural work, papering and welding I also completed all of the lighting for the giant lanterns. For the closing ceremony (and 10th parade of the project) artist Ian Broscomb designed a fire sculpture to represent the end of the Apple Goddesses Journey and the end of the Harvest.
This project was long, intense with language barriers that made communication difficult at times. However I had a wonderful experience learning about a whole new culture, korean performance and also the importance of community, it was fascinating for me to work alongside a company that had such a social and political drive behind it.