10, 9… IGNITION SEQUENCE STARTS…
2019 marks the 50th anniversary of NASA’s Apollo 11 mission, which saw a trio of plucky astronauts blasting off on an epic journey to the Moon.
Neil Armstrong’s “one small step” onto the Moon’s surface really had been “one giant leap” for everyone back down on Earth. Because if we could send someone to the Moon and bring them safely back again, surely anything was possible. And faced with an increasingly challenging future (then and now), this magnificent event illustrated what we can accomplish when we set our minds to it — and when we work together.
Little Earthquake has one commandment — Thou Shalt Not Bore — and MoonFest has been designed to offer you some thought-provoking and entertaining ways to connect with this landmark event. We want to encourage you to make your own creative contributions to artworks and activities which will draw on your memories of the past, perspectives on the present and visions of the future. Let your imagination reach for the stars (while you keep your feet safely on the ground.)
Our festival begins on the same day that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins launched into space 50 years ago, and concludes on the day they splashed down into the Pacific Ocean at the end of their fantastic voyage.
For nine special days, we want to make Birmingham a place for looking back at a dramatic period in human endeavour and looking ahead at the future of our place in the universe. MoonFest is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to capture, commission and celebrate local responses to this iconic global event.
Gareth, Phil and Zoë
…8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. LIFTOFF!
Whether you’re a Lunar Lover or a Lunar Loather, we want to hear from you!
This social history project invites you to share your recollections of the historic Moon landing, if you’re old enough to remember it first-hand — or your opinions about it, if you’re not quite old enough to have been there at the time!
As well as looking back, we’re also encouraging you to look forward, sharing your thoughts on our relationship with space and the future possibilities for returning to the Moon or travelling to distant stars and planets — which is something everyone seems to have an opinion about!
Birmingham-based writer and theatre maker Rochi Rampal is gathering these precious contributions and will transform them into a very special exhibition to which MoonFest visitors will also be invited to contribute. Beyond the festival, everyone’s Moon Memories will be preserved in an online digital archive.