Enchanted Parks at Saltwell Park from 11 to 15 December 2013

Date: 04 Dec 2013

Enchanted Parks, now in its 8th year, is an innovative after-dark arts adventure, which sees Gateshead’s Saltwell Park transformed through visual arts, performance, installation and interactive works.

  • Angel and Coaster buses stop close by, as the entrance is via Joicey Road car park.
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  • Saltwell Park and Waggonway (28A) buses stop close by, with around a 10 minute walk to the entrance.
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Enchanted Parks

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Enchanted Parks, now in its 8th year, is an innovative after-dark arts adventure, which sees Gateshead’s Saltwell Park transformed through visual arts, performance, installation and interactive works.

NewcastleGateshead website

Together the artworks will tell the story of Saltwell's secret after-dark enchantment and the beloved Park Keeper who has guarded this secret for many years. Developed and co-commissioned by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and Gateshead Council, this year Enchanted Parks is produced by Creative Producer, Katy Fuller of outdoor arts company, Pinwheel, as part of the annual NewcastleGateshead Winter Festival.

The Story:

As dusk begins to settle over the fields and the formal gardens, the clamorous playgrounds and the peaceful groves, the last lingering visitors are ushered towards the exits and bid a pleasant evening by the familiar figure of the Park Keeper.

Alone inside the gates, the Keeper savours his nightly stroll back to his picture-perfect cottage in the park. Already he can feel the atmosphere begin to change.

He is not just the Park Keeper; he is the Keeper of Saltwell’s Secret, a secret that has been held safe and passed down through generations of Keepers. Saltwell is an enchanted place, ordinary by day, but extraordinary at night when strange flowers bloom and glow, fantastical creatures emerge from their hiding places, unearthly sounds float on the wind and crackle through the undergrowth, woodland pathways lead to other worlds, the air is scented, water turns to fire, the plants whisper secrets and the trees sing songs. Soon, though, this long-held secret will be revealed. The Secret Keeper is about to retire and it is time for him to pass on the keys to this, The People’s Park.  He has no son or daughter to take over in his place so instead he has decided to throw open the gates and invite the world to see the park in its enchanted state. But be alert – he is watching, searching for a new generation of Secret Keepers.

Those he picks will always be able to see the magic behind the everyday…Will he choose you?

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