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Event details

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Events at Dalby Forest - Location tbc

Join community artist Kate Rider, singer and musician Bridget Cousins and puppeteer Viv Mousdell in ‘Seeking the Turtle Dove’.

Follow us on a mysterious trail through the woods to discover captivating sights and sounds of this elusive bird, symbol through the ages of love and peace.

Learn about its perilous migration to West Africa and become part of this extraordinary journey with your own kite puppet. Finally, let’s celebrate, with song, it’s hopeful return in spring and it thriving into a sustainable future.

Together we are Vivify.

We bring creatures, places & ideas to life through puppetry, music, song & story. Audience participation and creative collaboration is at the heart of whatever we make.

In 2020 we were commissioned by Forestry England & funded by Arts Council England to research & develop a magical, interactive journey to publicise the plight of the endangered Turtle Dove and to engage children & their families in its remarkable story.

We spent the summer testing out ideas in Dalby Forest and have developed a performance and learning activities for KS1 children.

The performance is aimed at small audiences in a natural outdoor setting. (Despite these troubling times we were still able to conclude with a pilot celebratory event.) 

We trust that we will be able to roll it out once more in the Spring & Summer of 2021 both for Forestry England in Dalby Forest & for any other interested wildlife organisations & schools. It can adapt to playgrounds, parks, fields and woodlands, as long as there are a few trees or shrubs on which a bird can perch.

For enquiries and expressions of interest message us on Facebook or Instagram @seekingtheturtledove

The story is inspired by the North Yorkshire Turtle Dove project, which is a partnership project between the Forestry England, the North York Moors National Park Authority and many others. For more information visit: North York Moors website.

You can visit our Facebook page here.