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Local talent joins talent at free town centre festival

Posted onPosted on 28th Jun

People hanging from luggage racks, a promenading seven-foot swan, an interactive cooking game show, and a bar that makes music — the free one-day arts festival The Full Shebang is coming to Mansfield for a fifth time.

Local performers, chosen by local people, will join a line-up of artists from around the country, bringing a mix of outdoor shows, circus, live music, walkabouts, and lots of hands-on fun to the town centre on Saturday, 7th September.

Produced and presented by local arts charity First Art, The Full Shebang is funded by Arts Council England, through its Creative People and Places programme, and Without Walls Touring Network Partnership, with support from Mansfield District Council, Four Seasons Shopping Centre, and Inspire.

Amongst the acts heading to Mansfield town centre will be The Guy in The Luggage Rack by She Said Jump, a comic aerial show with acrobatics performed from a luggage rack, and Fussy Foodies by Just More Productions, where a kitchen party meets celebration of roots and culture, from the back of a converted VW Beetle.

Serving Sounds, a multi-sensory, interactive sound installation that creates connection through music, is a bar that serves bass rather than beer, tended by The Working Boys Club, tradesmen turned artists. Teabreak by Trigger, takes you on a journey about tea’s history and its place in our lives, enjoyed with a fresh cup of tea from a tuk tuk and traditional Indian dancing.

Taking to the Shebang Introducing stage will be eight local acts, selected by local people — singer-songwriter, guitarist and trumpeter David Blazye; aerial artist Alex Reed; original indie songs from Greed; three-piece 60s and 70s covers-band AllR8Now; young singer Freya Jane; acoustic covers from singer Niks; original pop-rock from Joshua Todd; and carnival dance troupe Mproductiontime2show.

Walkabout acts will include a special commission with Mansfield-based Unanima Theatre and the Bureau of Silly Ideas, the company behind moving street furniture.

Also look out for Swan in Love, the seven-foot recycled swan pedalo making its way around the streets and giving festivalgoers the chance to have a romantic ride.

Inspire’s Little Creatives programme will provide drop-in creative sessions in Mansfield Library through the day and, in the Four Seasons Shopping Centre, a Creative Zone will have hands-on fun, including portraits, face painting and more.

Full details of the programme, access provisions and more can be found at

Leading up to the big day will be The Mini Shebang – free hands-on family fun at Four Seasons Shopping Centre every Wednesday in August, made possible thanks to support from Arts Council England, Without Walls, Four Seasons Shopping Centre and Inspire.

Drop-in workshops and activities will run from 11am to 3pm, led by artists performing at The Full Shebang, including those from Inspire’s Little Creatives programme. Activities will range from circus skills, crankie theatre making, marble runs, and astro grooving to space-themed crafts, mandala making, and more. Details of the full programme can be found at

First Art and The Full Shebang Festival is a partner in Without Walls, a network of organisations bringing innovative outdoor arts to towns and cities across England. Find out more on