Project Description

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
Team Quake

…8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0. LIFTOFF! 

THE PROGRAMME

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SHARE YOUR
MOON MEMORIES

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.

SUBMIT YOUR OWN MOON MEMORY

VENUE & BOOKING INFORMATION

MIDLANDS ARTS CENTRE (MAC)

ADDRESS

Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham, B12 9QH

BOOKING FOR ALL EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT MAC

0121 446 3232
www.macbirmingham.co.uk/moonfest

To help plan your journey to MoonFest, visit the Network West Midlands website at: networkwestmidlands.com/plan-your-journey/birmingham

By rail — the nearest train stations are located in Birmingham City Centre (around 2.5 miles from MAC). From the City Centre it’s best to jump on a bus (see below), get a taxi (about a 10-20 minute journey time) or walk (about a 30-40 minute journey time).

By bus — several buses stop within a short distance of MAC: 1 (stops on Edgbaston Road); 35 (stops around the corner on Willows Road); 45 and 47 (stop on Pershore Road); 62 and 63 (stop on Bristol Road, near the Priory Road traffic lights).

By bike — MAC is easily accessible by bike from Birmingham City Centre and further afield. Bike racks are located by all main entrances. To plan your cycle journey, visit: cycle.travel/city/birmingham

By car — the Queen’s Ride pay and display car park (B5 7RL), accessed via Edgbaston Road or Pershore Road, provides a large number of parking spaces close to the entrance to MAC, including 16 spaces for blue badge holders. There is also a smaller pay and display car park which is accessed via Russell Road. Charges are applicable Mon – Sun, 7am to 11.30pm. Both car parks can get very busy at times so we cannot guarantee spaces.

View MAC’s accessibility symbols and photographs at: accessable.co.uk/venues/midlands-art-centre-mac

You can also find full details (including an audio guide) about all of MAC’s accessible facilities and services at: macbirmingham.co.uk/help/accessibility

See a Google Map of the area around MAC at: bit.ly/MFMacMap

LAPWORTH MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY

ADDRESS

University of Birmingham, Edgbaston Campus, Birmingham, B15 2TT

BOOKING FOR ALL EVENTS TAKING PLACE AT LAPWORTH

0121 414 7294
www.artsandsciencefestival.co.uk

To help plan your journey to MoonFest, visit the Network West Midlands website at: networkwestmidlands.com/plan-your-journey/birmingham

By rail — the museum is a six-minute walk from University Station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University from New Street Station on the cross-city line (ten minutes to University station — final destination Longbridge or Redditch).

By bus — several buses stop within a short distance of the museum, including 1A, 61, X61, 63 and 76 which all have stops on Bristol Road (five- to ten-minute walk to the museum).

By bike — the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston Campus is easily accessible by bike from Birmingham City Centre and further afield. Bike racks are located throughout the campus. To plan your cycle journey, visit: cycle.travel/city/birmingham

By car — the University has three nearby pay and display car parks: North East Multi Storey car park (B15 2SA), Pritchatts Road Car Park (B15 2QU) or Pritchatts Park Village (B15 2QX). Charges are applicable
Mon – Fri, 8am to 6pm. All car parks can get very busy at times so we cannot guarantee spaces.

View Lapworth’s accessibility symbols and photos at: accessable.co.uk/venues/lapworth-museum-of-geology

See a Google Map of the area around Lapworth at: bit.ly/MFLapworthMap