Monday 1 April 2019:
There’s an unmissable, giant new visitor coming to Aylesbury town centre as part of the fantastic celebrations for this year’s WhizzFizzFest, Aylesbury’s much-loved children’s literary and arts festival on Saturday 22 June, and your help is needed to name this larger-than-life addition.
Standing at five metres tall, two metres wide, and made from a combination of metal, wood and assorted textiles, festival goers won’t be able to miss the incredible, mechanically-powered giant puppet. Created by the talented Outdoor Arts company, Festive Road, the Giant will be attending in prime position next to Aylesbury Market Square’s clock tower and will be overseeing all the day’s fantastic activities as well as the festival’s ever-popular parade.
Already over 20 schools are signed up to take part in the colourful parade and the local school children are busy crafting a fantastic array of smaller puppets to carry. As the parade passes through the town and around Market Square, the Giant will be there to give them all a warm welcoming wave. Designed and dressed ready for a day of whizzfizzing fun, all the festival’s new friend is missing is a name!
Throughout April, WhizzFizzFest is running a ‘Name the Giant’ online competition, inviting all WhizzFizzFest enthusiasts to send in their name suggestions. The prize draw is open to everyone and there is no restriction on the number of entries that can be made, meaning it’s the perfect opportunity to get imaginative and creative.
But of course, what’s a competition without some fantastic prizes? The winner will not only receive a family ticket to Gulliver’s Land Milton Keynes, but will also see their suggested name included on the Giant for all to see and join the creators behind the scenes on the big day.
Martine Frost, Festive Road Executive Director, commented: “We’re excited to be working with WhizzFizzFest and having the opportunity to use our unique skills to ‘bring to life’ our mechanically-powered, giant puppet. Our fusion of art and engineering brings imagination and technology together in ingenious and creative ways. We pride ourselves on our art being participatory and accessible to all and this competition to name the Giant is a perfect opportunity to do just that. Good luck to everyone who enters!”
The competition closes on Tuesday 30 April with the winner being chosen and notified on Friday 3 May. For more information and to enter the competition, follow @WhizzFizzFest on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, or alternatively take a look at the Name the Giant competition page.
And remember, WhizzFizzFest is also welcoming some ‘giants’ of children’s literature to the day and tickets are still available.