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The Serendipity of Amy

    The freelance life loves a bit of serendipity.  Last Spring, I bought a big notebook covered in old flying machines, because … well, I just liked it.  Until then, Amy Johnson was simply a famous name from the past, someone mentioned now and then at home when I was a girl, because she’d […]

A Concert for Amy: crash mats, coffee and cycling

The wonderful side of being programme lead for performing arts for the Amy Johnson Festival is accompanying artists on their journey as they take initial ideas through to performance. Quite a few months ago I met the diminutive whirlwind that is composer and musician Kerrin Tatman in Cafe Velo in Beverley. It was an odd […]

Aviatrix: Amy, Flight and Freedom

With new commission Aviatrix launching to a packed house last night and looking forward to a week-long run at Kardomah94, we asked Ensemble 52 director Andrew Pearson about the process and challenges in devising such a diverse, contemporary piece – When we were asked to create a piece for the Festival we felt that whatever […]

Amy’s Childhood – A Life in Pictures

Leading up to our two launches this week for Amy Johnson – A Life in Pictures, we wanted to share these pictures of Sarah Taylor – our Life in Pictures coordinator – and Paul Weatherill,  organiser of Western Libraries Gardening Group installing the ‘Amy’s Childhood’ exhibition in the garden at Western Library. Open from Friday […]

Thank You!

Put your hand up if you’re still recovering from a jam-packed weekend of visiting exhibitions, seeing Amy’s car and kite-flying?! With so much to do and see last weekend, there are a lot of shout-outs to everyone who worked so hard. Our first standing ovation is for our marvellous City of Culture Pioneer volunteers who […]

The Epic Monarchs

With the beautiful Flight of the Monarchs installation in Zebedee’s Yard until next Wednesday, we take a closer look at these remarkable creatures and their more than epic journey. The flight of the butterflies is the longest known distance insect migration on earth and one that’s been happening for thousands of years. The majority of […]

Plane Locations

If you’re searching for your plane, they’re spread far and wide – this might help you narrow it down a bit! Thanks to everyone who contributed such inspiring, colourful and creative Gipsy Moths – hopefully they were as much pleasure to make as they are to look at. Locations are as follows: North Point SC: […]

Moths, parkour and vintage cars….all in a day’s work

Our wonderful festival photographer Jerome tells us a little about his role – it’s not all glamour and after-show parties! A couple of Saturday mornings ago, I was sitting on the top deck of the number 66 bus making my way into town to Zebedee’s Yard to photograph ‘Altitude’ by the Urban Playground Team – […]