Sandbach 2021

17 April 2021

Legends, Lights & Lullabies

The streets of Sandbach were alight with song and story as SpareParts brought Legends, Lights and Lullabies on 17 April. A highlight of the activity was Lullaby, by internationally renowned artist, Luke Jerram.

Sandbach residents were invited to engage with this unique interactive experience in a number of ways. On Thursday 15 April, selected households across the town received a copy of our specially commissioned bedtime story Chuck the Trucker. These lucky households were part of the route for Lullaby, a magical illuminated bike parade specially commissioned as a gift to the town.

At dusk on Saturday 17 April residents were invited to watch from their windows as the magic of Lullaby passed by. Music was heard drifting through the streets as a shoal of twinkling lights made their way across the town. Residents were encouraged to engage with the parade by posting their pictures and thoughts online via our social channels.

‘Sing-a-Story for Sandbach’ invited residents of all ages to join our digital choir who  provided the soundtrack for the evening. You can find more information here.

For those residents who did not live on the parade route our online platforms were alive with images and film from the event and copies of Chuck the Trucker were available at Sandbach Library.  

Legends, Lights and Lullabies is commissioned and produced by SpareParts in association with Minerva Arts and Sandbach Transport Festival. Read more about the artists involved in this project below.

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Take Part

Chuck The Trucker

This year, the great team of volunteers at Sandbach Transport Festival are unable to bring the event to your town. In the meantime, SpareParts offers Sandbach residents Legends, Lights and Lullabies. Our creative gift to you!

If you received a copy of Chuck the Trucker your house was on our Lullaby route! If not, you can download a digital copy here

Sleep Now, written and composed by Leo & Hyde is live!

The song which has been commissioned by our partners Minerva Arts in collaboration with the Spareparts team features local residents of Cheshire and has been a way, during lockdown restrictions, to connect with communities digitally and bring creative opportunities into people’s homes.

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We want local individuals, families and community groups in Sandbach who love to sing, to get involved in our Sing-a-Story for Sandbach digital choir artwork.

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Young Producers - SpareParts

As Programme Manager, for Spareparts, it’s been a joy to see the fire and dedication of the Young Producers of Sandbach and even more to see their ambition and creativity be enabled, listened to, considered and curated. 

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Do you love to bike ride? Live in Cheshire?

We’re looking for households, social bubbles and individuals age 16+ from Cheshire who love to cycle to take part in Lullaby by Luke Jerram on Saturday 17 April

We have a limited number of spaces available to take part in this special event

To express interest in this exciting opportunity please email cycling@sparepartsfestival.co.uk

Artists

Leo and Hyde - SpareParts

Leo Mercer

Leo Mercer leo&hyde are a Manchester-based musical theatre company, telling stories about modern life with current music. Our gay love story GUY and Gogglebox-inspired musical The Marriage of

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Luke Jerram - Lullaby SpareParts

Luke Jerram – Lullaby

Luke Jerram Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary arts practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations and live artworks. Living in the UK, but working internationally, Jerram creates

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Jodie Gibson - SpareParts

Jodie Gibson – Sandbach

Jodie Gibson Jodie is Artistic Director for SpareParts and the Creative Producer for Legends, Lights and Lullabies. Legends, Lights & Lullabies Collaborative approaches to culture

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Mathew Smith - SpareParts

Matthew Smith

Matthew Smith Originally from Wakefield, I’m based in Manchester and write plays which are performed in a mixture of venues around the North; from pub

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Young Producers - SpareParts

Young Producers

Young Producers The Sandbach Young Producers have played an integral role in collaborating with professionals in this project. They have worked on almost all aspects

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Carl Waine - SpareParts

Carl Waine

Carl Waine Originally working as an Engineer at what was then Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, I decided at the age of 28 to leave and pursue

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Feedback

Takeaways: being part of a great public artistic endeavour; seeing the faces of those witnessing the parade especially my own granddaughter and the folk in the pubs; bringing a little light in a very dark period for the world – in a safe way too; sense of achievement – “I did it”; the story book; wonderful memories.

Dave Carlos

I’m Dave Carlos, 68 yo retired guy who had a whole host of careers ending up as Marketing Director for a TV Production Company.

I was Chair of SP until last year,  but for this year’s production I was Chuck the Trucker, a retired truck driver who thought that his life on the road was over until he met a fearless young girl who taught him to cycle.

I felt fantastic after the event. Thrilled that I made it through, despite the wobbles. Glad that I wasn’t even sore (that came during my preparation rides) and elated at the quality of the event and the outcomes too.

Takeaways: being part of a great public artistic endeavour; seeing the faces of those witnessing the parade especially my own granddaughter and the folk in the pubs; bringing a little light in a very dark period for the world – in a safe way too; sense of achievement – “I did it”; the story book; wonderful memories.

For me the transport theme is really important and it was a wonderful expression of that. The story made the point really well too. The message about sustainable travel was uniquely put by the story, the song and the parade. Sandbach will never have had anything like it before and may not have in the future!
One regret: that we didn’t do it again the day, or a week afterwards. I think that word of mouth would have increased the impact immensely. 20/20 hindsight.

Thank you so much for the opportunity, I am genuinely grateful.

After experiencing the enchanting mixture of lights, music, character and movement, I was motivated. Communal spirit is alive and well, and it’s always a pleasure to see local talent create work which is engaging and inclusive. The general project was a valuable learning experience for me. I hadn’t written a bedtime story before so I enjoyed the research and collaboration, as well as bringing my own voice to the platform.

Matthew Smith

My name’s Matthew Smith and I was the writer of the bedtime story Chuck the Trucker, which was commissioned by Spare Parts for the Legends, Lights and Lullabies project.

After experiencing the enchanting mixture of lights, music, character and movement, I was motivated. Communal spirit is alive and well, and it’s always a pleasure to see local talent create work which is engaging and inclusive. The general project was a valuable learning experience for me. I hadn’t written a bedtime story before so I enjoyed the research and collaboration, as well as bringing my own voice to the platform.

Projects like this are vital in order to maintain a dynamic, imaginative and passionate art scene. The mixture of local artists which took part continues to show the relentless talent available when independent creatives have access to significant resources and support. I don’t know what the impact of the project is, however, being a witness to some of the creative process over the last three months, I can see there is still a roaring appetite for creative ventures from small towns and the marvellous folk who live there.