News and stories News New outdoor Spring festival for Worcester Atmosphere, a new outdoor Spring Festival is planned to take place in Worcester city centre and Worcester Woods Country Park on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 April 2022. The festival, which is part of The Arches Worcester Festivals programme, is a free event designed to appeal to all ages and spark discussion through a mix of live performances, workshops and events inspired by the environment and the natural world. On Cathedral Square in the city centre there will be a stunning outdoor performance entitled Castaway by Highly Sprung which has been co-commissioned by Arches Worcester Festivals team at Severn Arts, Coventry City of Culture, Basingstoke Festival and the Canal and River Trust. This performance with a ‘flying machine’, combines engineering, imagination and dynamic movement to explore the impact of today’s throwaway society on our waterways. At Worcester Woods Country Park visitors can enter into the Actual Reality Arcade, a life-sized interactive game zone for all ages, inspired by classic arcade games, wander amongst the honey-perfumed colony of bees housed in the hand-made hives by Artizani, take a moment in the performance installation ‘Take Ten’ with bespoke and colourful swing chairs by Fluid Motion Theatre and Lorna Rees, and are invited to join a community picnic to bring everyone together at the end of the day. On the same site there will also be curated talks by experts on a wide range of specialist subjects - discussing nature, wellness, horticulture, and human connections will be on offer, as well as an opportunity to engage in an exciting new concept of engaging people through visual art and performance with poetry, My Heart, My Heart : Live Poetry Jukebox. Each day begins with an hour of either yoga or meditation in a green open space. There will be a Traders Village with home grown and hand-made products and information stands including Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, Canal and River Trust, Worcester Beekeepers and Severn Rivers sharing what they do. David Edmunds, Festivals Director, Severn Arts said: “I’m excited for us to bring Atmosphere to our audiences, it’s a great festival which I hope gives people the opportunity to just pause and breathe out and take some time with their family and friends to come together and share the fantastic programme of events we’ve put together over the two days.” Join The Arches Festivals Volunteer Team to help welcome thousands of visitors. If you are energetic, enjoy meeting and helping others and are over 18 and interested in volunteering at this event please contact Katy Rooke, Festivals Volunteer Manager on [email protected] Visit https://thearchesworcesterfestivals.co.uk/atmosphere/ or follow @archesfests on social media to keep up to date with Atmosphere 2022.