Maiden Castle: Wayfaring

On 22nd September 2018

The last of the live Wayfaring manifestations.


Some quotes from audiences that saw some of the Wayfaring work:

“We were mesmerised and bewitched by this event. I was intrigued before
it started, but once it began, I had a smile on my face most of the time, butcertainly all the time at the circle with re and reworks… It was lovely beyondmy anticipation.”

“You got the land here right!”

“How fundamental to join in with a celebration of the autumn solstice in a spectacular way; the light displays were uplifting; the music was amazing; the actors were atmospheric: Fantastic!”

“On a par with the best we’ve ever seen, a magical performance that really made me feel touched spiritually.”

“…moving, inspiring, spiritual, funny, subversive, beautiful, awesome…”

“In this experience I saw things differently, I learned, I connected, I grew as a person and developed a feeling of belonging to my community.” Wayfaring Volunteer

The Wayfaring project included a programme of residencies, creative labs and professional development for artists and university students, There were also a series of conference presentations and a final seminar that brought together  landscape and heritage organisations, cultural producers and artists in September 2019 to discuss ‘where to now’?.

Some evaluation figures:

  • 29,338 people engaged with Wayfaring between 2016 and 2018
  • … including 2,478 school children, mental health service users and older people
  • 234 volunteers took part, as performers, hosts and makers.

Lead artists AndNow:

Produced by Activate. Co-commissioned by Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Corn Exchange Newbury, 101 Creation Centre and Oerol Festival. Supported using public funding by Arts Council England and by Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

With additional support in Dorset from Dorchester Town Council, and Maiden Castle.