A 'real chance to shine' at the show

The sculptures being tested by the Children’s Capital of Culture teamThe sculptures being tested by the Children’s Capital of Culture team
The sculptures being tested by the Children’s Capital of Culture team
AN IMMERSIVE artwork titled Let’s Twist is the centrepiece of a host of family-friendly activities at the Rotherham Show this weekend.

The team behind Children’s Capital of Culture 2025 are curating a huge area of Clifton Park for the two-day event.

International production studio Kaleider will be showcasing Let’s Twist, five giant immersive sculptures that the public can shape and build themselves into different shapes to create their own masterpieces.

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Commissioned especially for the weekend-long event at Clifton Park, each sculpture is made from interconnecting colourful cardboard prisms and measures eight metres long.

Cllr David Sheppard, Rotherham Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, said: “Let’s Twist will be the centrepiece and is the first public art installation of its kind to land in our region.

“It’s a really exciting concept and will encourage people from across the borough to team up and work together to create huge pieces of art that really mean something to them.”

Alongside the immersive sculptures, there will also be delivering a range of creative events, workshops and performances.

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Wand-making sessions will be on offer from literacy charity Grimm and Co, while Magna and Work-wise will lead science and technology activities and there will be power tool classes from Brightbox.

Rotherham’s emerging young musicians and performers will also be spotlighted, after winning a region-wide competition to become the Capital’s new Artists in Residence this year.

The three young performers are now being mentored by fellow creatives including Testament, Rationale Arts, Steve Edwards and Sile Sibanda.

Violinist Abigail Germany, (16) who plays lead violin in Rotherham Youth Orchestra and first violin in Rotherham Symphony Orchestra, will perform at the show, alongside singer-songwriter Kier (22) who is making a name for herself in country music.

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New poet in residence “Steve” will also deliver a unique spoken word performance.

Cllr Sheppard added: “We’re teaming up with Rotherham Music to offer talented young musicians and performers a real chance to shine at the show, with a Buskers’ Corner running all weekend and a dedicated youth slot on the Rhythms of Rotherham stage on Sunday.”

To view the full schedule of events and performances at Rotherham Show, visit www.childrenscapitalofculture.co.uk.