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From TV’s Mr Bloom to a Science Rapper: Wild Worlds festival launches at Chester Zoo

Children’s TV star Mr Bloom, a science rapper, flamingo dancing, a life-sized giraffe puppet and a poo science lab are among the stars of the show as Chester Zoo launches its major summer-long Wild Worlds festival.

A spectacular parade of specially commissioned performances and events for families will take over Chester Zoo this May bank holiday and half term week.

The events mark the launch of Chester Zoo’s first ever Wild World’s festival, which includes a series of specially created installations in garden spaces throughout the zoo, celebrating gardens, science and nature.

The festival of installations and activities will run throughout the summer, from 26 May to 30 September 2018.

Diana Hamilton, organiser of Wild Worlds at Chester Zoo, said: “Why not pop along and say ‘ello!’ with Mr Bloom from CBeebies. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike. To sum it up in the words of a famous aubergine: ‘Let’s sing and dance and have some fun!’

“Alternatively, become a mini Chester Zoo keeper and meet Dolly the VIP giant giraffe puppet. You’ll get the chance to feed Dolly and find out all about giraffes with our Zoo Rangers. Then head to our poo science lab where the clue is in the poo! Drop in and find out how we use animal poo to help save species from extinction.

“Meanwhile, amazing science rapper Jon Chase has collaborated with us to create a new performance piece exploring science and our understanding the world around us. Cheshire Dance will also lead a collaboration of performers in a live dance show inspired by the senses and behaviour of flamingos. It will draw upon the simplicities and complexities, beauty, grace and quirks of flamingo life. With all this and so much more over the summer months, come and join in!”

The events will complement the range of new outdoor art installations which have been popping up in Chester Zoo’s 125 acres of garden spaces in time for the festival launch. From a botanist’s lab to oversized talking chairs and a dormouse garden, the artworks are designed to inspire a connection between people and wildlife, gardens and science.

World class education and visitor interaction are at the heart of Chester Zoo’s fight to prevent extinction of species here in the UK and around the world. The zoo hopes that the unique new Wild Worlds festival - as well as being fun - will inspire a new generation of conservationists.

Charlotte Smith, Head of Discovery and Learning at Chester Zoo, said: “We really hope this will be a spectacular way for people of all ages to take delight in some of the ground-breaking science we carry out here at the zoo – and inspire new connections with the natural world.”

The Wild Worlds festival is free with normal zoo admission. For a full programme of events and to purchase zoo tickets in advance, visit: www.chesterzoo.org/wildworlds

SELECTED PERFORMANCES AND ACTIVITIES

Mr Bloom

Performances: Monday 28 May 11am and 1pm

Location: Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp

Why not, pop along and say ‘ello!’ with Mr Bloom. There’ll be a bundle of veggie stories, gardening games, and catchy nursery songs for tiddlers and parents alike. To sum it up in the words of a famous aubergine: ‘Let’s sing and dance and have some fun’! Limited availability, viewing access granted on first come first served basis.

Meet Dolly the Giraffe – The clue is in the poo! (walkabout)

Performances: Saturday 26 May, Chester Zoo Main Entrance 10am – 10.45am, The Oakfield Lawn 1pm – 1.45pm and 3pm – 3.45pm

Sunday 27 May, Chester Zoo Main Entrance 10am – 10.45am, The Oakfield Lawn 1pm – 1.45pm and 3pm – 3.45pm

Look out for Dolly the life-sized giraffe puppet as she wanders around the zoo. She shouldn’t be hard to find – keep an eye out for her poo! Become a mini Chester Zoo Keeper and meet Dolly the VIP giant giraffe puppet. You’ll get the chance to feed her and learn all about the wonderful world of giraffes with our fantastic Zoo Rangers.

Wild Science Rapping: by Jon Chase

Performances: Saturday 26 May and Sunday 27 May, 12pm, 2pm and 4.30pm

Location: Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp

Amazing science rapper Jon Chase has collaborated with Chester Zoo to create a new performance piece on Sustainable Palm Oil as part of a fun fact packed performance exploring science and our understanding the world around us. Visitors are invited to come and join in!

Super Senses

Performances: Saturday 26 May, 11am (group performance), 1pm (duet) and 3.30pm (group performance)

Location: Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp

Film shown in Sumba School Room from 18 August

Fly straight into the beauty, grace and quirks of flamingo life with this mesmerising dance performance!

Inspired by the flamboyant animal and their incredible senses and behaviour this piece of dance draws on the simplicities and complexities of what the world of a flamingo looks like.  Watch as the dancers take you on a journey – observe them portraying some of the key behaviours of a flamingo, including wading in water, courtships, mating dances and relationships with others in the flock. Cheshire Dance is working with choreographer Lauren Tucker and collaborators to create this unique piece of dance.  Performed by two professional dancers and an ensemble of young people from across Cheshire, watch the story come to life as they create a synchronised display for our visitors.

Shadow Puppet Cinema

Workshop times and location: Sumba School Room, drop-in from 10am – 5pm

Make your own shadow puppet theatre using projections, woodlands sounds and torches, inspired by the Wild Worlds Dormouse Garden.

Tree, Plant, Bee and Mi

Performances: Saturday 26 May – Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp at 10.30am and 3pm, Main Entrance at 11.30am, and outside the Plant Project at 1pm 

Sunday 27 May – Chester Zoo, Madagascar PLAY! Basecamp at 10.30am and 3pm, Main Entrance at 11.30am, Outside the Plant Project at 1pm

Meet Tree, Plant, Bee and Mi Mi the gardener – four new and surprising characters based on the amazing and rare plant collections found right here at Chester Zoo. This piece of theatre, performed by our friends The Denbigh Workshop, will explore the zoo’s conservation work and the fantabulous horticulture and botany team who care for the hundreds of plant species and stunning gardens at the zoo.  The shows are packed full of fun opportunities for you to discover more about the wonderful and wild worlds of plants.

Each performance will last approximately 20 minutes.

Poo Science workshops at the Lab

Workshops: 11am, 2pm and 4pm

Location: The Botanist’s Lab

The clue is in the poo!  Drop in and find out the science behind the scenes and how we use poo science to save species.

Natural Mandalas

Workshops: Saturday 26 May 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

Sunday 27 May 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 5pm

Location: The Oakfield Lawn

Get truly wild in the beautiful setting of Oakfield Lawn to create simple but effective foraging artwork.

Help artist, James Brunt of Responsible Fishing, in the search for natural fallen materials around the zoo and be part of creating natural circular mandala artworks.  Explore the zoo with a different focus, opening up to different sights, sounds and experiences.

And don’t forget to share the artwork you help to create on social media using #WildWorldsatCZ!

Buzzing Garden: Live Encounters

Performances: Saturday 26 May 11am – 4pm

Location: Chester Zoo, Wild Worlds Honey Bee Garden

A sensory spectacle delivered by the artists behind the Honey Bee Garden and members of the Bee Friendly Collective. The performances bring together all elements of natural beekeeping into a truly unique interactive performance. Find members of the collective their bee suits and explore the sights, sounds or smells of bees.

 

 

Tags: #chestertweets , ChesterZoo

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