People-Powered Lights and Lullaby’s Writer Commission Announcement

Matthew Smith Joins SpareParts Festival Following Writer Commission Call Out

SpareParts is delighted to bring Lullaby, by internationally renowned artist Luke Jerram, to Sandbach in April 2021 in association with Sandbach Transport Festival. Today the festival can announce that writer Matthew Smith has been commissioned to create an original bed-time story to accompany the event.

Matthew is an acclaimed Manchester based writer, he is a former member of the Liverpool Everyman Young Writers Programme and his plays have been performed in a number of high-profile venues across the North West including The Lowry, Contact Theatre and Oldham Coliseum.

Matthew joins the SpareParts Festival team as commissioned writer following a call out for a North West based writer which attracted over 35 applications. Matthew will now be tasked with creating a captivating bed-time story for all ages to accompany Lullaby by Luke Jerram.

A printed copy of Matthew’s bed-time story will be hand delivered to Sandbach households on the Lullaby route on Saturday 17 April to be read ahead of the Lullaby bike parade on Sunday 18 April.

At dusk, as the residential streets of Sandbach are quiet and empty, residents will await the Lullaby to pass by their home. Music will be heard drifting down the streets, followed by a shoal of twinkling lights first seen in the distance, then getting closer. Only as the mass of illuminated bikes pass the houses will people realise that the music is coming from speakers attached to around 30 illuminated bikes producing the most ambient and serene music. A lullaby to gently send residents off to sleep.

For more information on Lullaby, including short films of the work, visit


Dates: 18 April 2021
Location: Sandbach



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