Grimm Gathering – a story festival

Grimm’s Gathering – A pop-up festival celebrating stories of all shapes featuring masterclasses with leading musicians, authors and artist workshops will take over The Old Town Hall in Rotherham.

Grimm and Co are inviting you all to Pop-in to Pop-Up events in a Pop-Up space to enjoy stories of all sorts of shapes and sizes.

& Co’s story destination is fronted by Yorkshire’s Apothecary to the Magical, based in the heart of Rotherham and online at www.grimmandco.co.uk, selling bottles of Condensed Enthusiasm, Grandma’s Scabs, Disenchanted Wood and tins of Disappointment.  Every purchase supports the children’s writing charity.  Hidden behind a secret door, children’s imaginations are unleashed and confidences built through creative writing programmes where they aim to change lives, one story at a time.

Music making for little ones age 0 – 7 will be with BBC Radio 2 Folk award nominated Rosie Hood. Opportunities for older lyricists, singers and rappers age 13 plus to join one of the PATTERN Masterclasses to refine their vocal talent, lyric-writing and performance skills with support from music industry professionals such as Coco, Sarah Jay Hawley (Massive Attack) and Seppy (Deuxe). There’s then a chance to sing or rap at the PUSH Performance Day for a chance to win a slot at Tramlines 2022!

There will be something for everyone, babies, young children and their adults as well as young people. The event takes place on Tues 31st May, Weds 1st June and Sat 4th June from 10am to 4pm in Linger Longer Lane, The Old Town Hall, Rotherham, S60 1QX.

The streets surrounding The Old Town Hall will be alive with street theatre and wandering musicians. Linger Longer Lane will have drop in and make activities for young and old, from puppets with Patrick Amber, carnival inspired headdresses and masks with artists from the UK Centre of Carnival Arts to pop up cards with Paper Engineer Alex Bennett and origami adventures with Nick Origami.

Artists Trish O’Shea, Mooney Wainwright and Karen Hall want to hear your stories of Rotherham and how you made it your home. There will be theatre for the under 7s with tales of grumpy crabs, and owl babies. A dance class in Flamenco with Rosamaria Cisneros professional dancer and Romani studies scholar, and several events to get your write on with published authors and writers, including Jenni Spangler, LD Lapinski and Journalist Susan Downer.

All tickets to events are free and will be available from Weds 11th May at the Grimm and Co website https://grimmandco.co.uk/gathering

Deborah Bullivant, Founding Director of Grimm & Co said, “We are delighted to be able to celebrate stories of all shapes in this exciting festival, and can’t wait to welcome families and young people from across Yorkshire and beyond.  With music, dance, theatre, writing and creativity, there is something for everyone to enjoy, young and old, and we want to invite all our communities to celebrate in their great town of Rotherham.”

The event is supported by Rotherham Children’s Capital of Culture 2025 is designed and delivered by children and young people in Rotherham, in partnership with a range of organisations and funders. The whole programme has been made possible thanks to funding from the UK Community Renewal Fund, Arts Council England, South Yorkshire MCA, and ERDF.

The Programme Board includes Barnardo’s, Children Young People and Families Consortium, Flux Rotherham, Grimm & Co, Gullivers, Jade Youth and Community and Young Minds Together.