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The Avon Works Launch Night
Sat 22 April 2017, 19:30 – 22:00 BST
The Avon Works Launch Night - To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Avon Rubber Factory in Bradford on Avon
Come along to the launch of The Avon Works, multi-media celebration of Bradford on Avon’s heritage in the rubber industry and its creative future, featuring a wealth of local talent. It’s happening on April 22, the 25th anniversary of the closure of the Avon Rubber factory that was the town’s major employer for generations.
The event will include film, live music, art, poetry, archive material and a 3D digital reconstruction of the factory. Doors open at 7pm. Admission is free and there will be a cash bar.
Live performers range from hip-hop to folk music, and from poetry to performance art. They include urban music duo Stay Hungry, songwriter Mike Scott, poet Merv Grist, young writers Joe Slater and Ollie White and a computing team from Trowbridge College who have created the factory reconstruction.
Bradford’s Avon Rubber days are already being commemorated in film and poetry on the project’s website at www.theavonworks.co.uk, including a video of former Avon staff sharing their memories. The website is evolving into a digital platform where local creative professionals can showcase their work – including design, music, games and virtual reality.
Bradford on Avon Community Area Network Co-ordinator Jim Lynch, said: ““This event will celebrate yesterday’s heritage in a whole variety of ways, from folk songs to the latest technology. At the same time it will look forward as the launch of an online showcase for tomorrow’s creative professionals. It’s a unique event about a unique project. Don’t miss it. Register now.”