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What does home mean to you? East of England residents invited to be part of unique Cultural Olympiad project

  • Date: 22 June 2011
  • Area: National, South East
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The symbol of Black Shuck, a ghostly black dog which is said to roam the Norfolk, Essex and Suffolk coastline. Credit: Pacitti Company

Residents from the East of England have been asked to share their stories of life in the region, to celebrate the launch of a major Artists taking the lead project, part of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This call to action comes from Suffolk artist Robert Pacitti and his team, who have launched a series of extraordinary live large-scale, public outdoor events and activities that will culminate in a major feature film, as part of a specially commissioned project On Landguard Point.

Created by Pacitti Company as part of Artists taking the lead - a project at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad funded by Arts Council England - On Landguard Point explores notions of 'home' and what it means to people in the East. The project will engage thousands of people as participants and audience members across the East of England in the coming months.

On Landguard Point needs you!

If you live in the East of England, the project team would love to hear about what home means to you and entries will be brought together in a special Encyclopedia for the East. This is a unique opportunity for people to tell their story of the East of England - its places, people, histories, myths, folklore, dreams and futures. All ideas, facts and anecdotes, ranging from the personal to the poetic, are welcome. To submit your entry to the Encyclopedia, visit the On Landguard Point website.

Robert Pacitti, Artistic Director of Pacitti Company and On Landguard Point said: 'On Landguard Point is a collaboration between artists and residents who live in the East of England. It will present many opportunities for the public to explore the meaning of home whilst experiencing a project that draws on the histories, cultures, geography and stories that can only be found in the extraordinary setting of the East. On Landguard Point is very much an East of England adventure in real life and film. The Encyclopedia is a once in a lifetime opportunity for people to share their experiences of living in this region and be a part of our project's legacy.'

Project highlights

On Landguard Point has brought together a stellar line-up of artists and companies, all delivering events this summer, including the award-winning composer Michael Nyman and acclaimed choreographer Wayne McGregor. The series of outdoor live events, including performance, music and parades, made by professional and non-professional performers and participants will be captured as part of a feature film to receive its world premiere in 2012.

Inspired by the histories and culture of the East, the film will bring together performance, community and cinema. Public events will be filmed, along with a series of private performances developed purely for the camera.

Events will include:

  • The Edible Compass: The Feast (Saturday 30th July at the Museum of East Anglian Life) an open air giant community feast. Members of the public are asked to make, bring and share food from recipes found in the On Landguard Point Cookbook (freely available from www.onlandguardpoint.com).
  • The world premiere of On Landguard Point (Friday 23rd September, Spa Pavilion, Felixstowe), a new musical work by award-winning composer Michael Nyman, performed by the Michael Nyman Band with singer Marie Angel. The piece was commissioned by Pacitti Company with original text by Robert Pacitti and Sheila Ghelani. Contact Spa Pavilion box office on 01394 282126 and visit for more information.
  • Felixstowe Weekender, (Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th September, multiple venues) a festival featuring newly-commissioned work from artists such as Dominic Johnson, Harminder Judge and Julia Bardsley.
  • Dig and Sow, (Saturday 27th August to Sunday 18th September, multiple venues) 205 archaeological digs will take place in the gardens of local people, led by Time Team's Carenza Lewis.

Helen Lax, Regional Director, Arts Council England: 'The 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games have given us an amazing opportunity to showcase the very best of the country's arts and culture.

While reflecting on what makes our East of England home so special and unique, this project provides valuable opportunities for people from across six counties to participate and be inspired by the arts. These people will be able to experience work by an array of leading national artists and will also have the opportunity to be the stars of a feature film that we look forward to premiering next year'