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Giant puppets feature in Lichfield Festival parade
One of the biggest annual arts events in Staffordshire gets underway in the city of Lichfield with a special parade celebrating the 50th anniversary of the moon landing. The Lichfield Festival officially starts on Friday 5 July, but visitors to the city will be able to get fully involved in the events and activities to come by watching a Space Parade of giant puppet structures which will wind its way through Lichfield's streets on Saturday 6 July. The puppets have been created and brought to life by community groups and schools working with professional artists and the parade, which will be accompanied by music from local performers, will be led by a bicycle-powered orrery - a mechanical model of the solar system - made by puppet-makers Festive Road.

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A Space Parade of giant puppet structures helps kick off Lichfield Festival


The parade follows the family fun at Lichfield Festival's largest free event. The Festival Market takes over Cathedral Close in front of Lichfield Cathedral in a day of activities with a wealth of stalls from local crafters and food producers and day-long free live entertainment. This year's Lichfield Festival runs from July 5-13 and features a vibrant mix of music, theatre, comedy, author talks, family events and visual arts, offering something for everyone. Highlights include A Celebration of Ivor Novello with TV star Russell Grant, Kathryn Tickell and The Darkening, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Black Voices' tribute to Nina Simone, comedians Olga Koch and Andrew Maxwell, and pianist Lauren Zhang, the BBC Young Musician 2018 winner.

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The Lichfield Festival Market outside Lichfield Cathedral


There are lots of other shows for families to look forward to during the Festival, including other events marking the moon landing such as Moonwalk, a musical account of the Apollo 11 mission written by local composer Duncan Moon, and a 360˚Cosmos Planetarium with shows about Apollo 11 and Destination Space Station. A narrator and string quartet create a music theatre experience in Peter Rabbit's Musical Adventures where children can get up close to the performers and experience classical music in an informal and stimulating way, while older youngsters will be enchanted by Ballet Cymru's adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. On the closing day, the Festival teams up with FUSE for Steampunk Ceilidh in the Momentum Marquee as a live band play dynamic adaptations of traditional and original dance tunes with their own caller. For more information visit www.lichfieldfestival.org. Tickets for events and shows can also be booked by calling the Box Office on 01543 306150.
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Why? Space Parade celebrating 50 years since the moon landing
When: July 5 - 13
Phone: 01543 306150
Where: Lichfield Festival, Donegal House, Bore Street, Lichfield, WS13 6NE
Cost: Parade and Market are free
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