From Womad back to Glastonbury Children’s Festival

Just a quickie en route to the Glastonbury Abbey children’s playground… what a wonderful week at Womad, truly a world of music and dance in a very relaxed atsmosphere. We were in the children’s area this time, all over it! Our sculptures graced the entrance and followed an arc leading to our skull, then to another of our sculptures in pole position viewing the trapeze, and on to our marquee. Needless to say our plastic bag flower garlands were everywhere and the opportunity to make them went down a treat in our daily workshops, as did our posters and info – people were interested, they wanted to know more, the children listened and as ever got straight to the heart of the matter asking very poignant questions about the responsibility of the Indian Government and the Dow Chemical Company in righting so much wrongdoing.

We had two more sculptures to ‘dress’ in recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed fabric – and the Womad families were keen to get stuck in. By mid-afternoon Sunday we had a fully-clothed sculpture ready for the parade. She stood high on a bamboo frame on a carpet of marigolds, flanked by the fantastic Bhopal crew – all stunning! Moses and a little gang lead the way for the Bhopal group playing flutes and thumb pianos and off we went into the parade round the main arena – happy days. Thanks for all the support Womad.

And so back to Glastonbury, this time to the Children’s Festival in the playground next to the Abbey. This one is organised by the Children’s World charity who we’re very proud to be linked up with (through Michael Evis, our patron – he’s also theirs!). They’re launching their fundraising appeal for their trip to Bhopal in January 2012 at this festival and we’re there to support them! Right, off the peg down the sculptures and do a few repairs with some new volunteers we met at Womad…back in a bit.

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We believe Dow must finally accept responsibility for Bhopal. Until then, The Bhopal Medical Appeal funds two award-winning clinics in the city. Both offer free, first-class care to victims of the gas disaster or the ongoing water contamination. The survivors have nowhere else left to turn – please help if you can.