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artsNK is a unique team of visual and performing arts specialists that initiates, develops and supports arts projects across the North Kesteven district, Lincolnshire and the East Midlands.
We provide high quality arts experiences for people to take part and to enjoy. Our purpose is to strengthen and enrich the arts to make a meaningful and valued contribution to the well being of the District and County. We do this by working in villages and communities, providing specialist support and expertise and through long term developmental relationships.
For further details see Who We Are
Puffs of flame shooting 15 feet into the air; giant flaming sculptures 20 feet high, individuals moulding and shaping molten glass and metal; an aerial artist suspended on silks over 15 feet above the ground and contorting into splits, hanging upside down and finishing with a gasp-inspiring tumble back to ground level; Navigation House brought to life and seemingly fragmenting into hundreds of coloured pieces, ivy growing up its gable end several feet per second, waves flooding around its foundations; an ethereal performance of dancers in St Denys church, moving soundlessly to unheard music and watched by a congregation of spectators; dancers performing to echoes of haunting music heard across Sleaford town centre; hundreds of windmills spinning madly in the evening breeze; metal trees whose leaves move unaided by natural forces; all this and so much more brought delight to 3000 visitors to Sleaford town centre on a rather chilly Sunday evening in October as the artsNK Zygote Festival unfolded to an enthusiastic reception by an enthralled public!
Months of careful preparation by 15 artists, 4 consultants, numerous school pupils and students and 12 artsNK team members has resulted in one of artsNK’s finest Festivals yet: regular attendees will remember Sleaford Light Night and Sa Fire as previous, spectacular Festivals, for example. From 7-9pm on Sunday 20th October, visitors to the Zygote Festival enjoyed a warm welcome by over 50 stewards and staff, all of whom guided, encouraged, advised and supervised the public to ensure a smooth-running and enjoyable experience.
Welcome support from Lincolnshire businesses helped to relieve the pressure on a tight festival budget and to nurture the change in focus which artsNK has adopted for this Festival. Anxious, as always, to invest in the future of creativity in the area, artsNK has opened the door to members of the public and to local businesses to talk about how other festivals, both in Sleaford and beyond, might be successfully managed, based on the philosophy of a shared commitment to reaping the benefits of a cooperative approach.
Funders include: Arts Council England, North Kesteven DIctrict Council, Lincolnshire County Council and Sleaford Rep Communities Fund.
This approach has certainly worked on this occasion! Comments from the public include:
Plenty fire and fun was had by all!
The Zygote Festival in Sleaford last night was impressive stuff.
Brilliant!! Well done team.
Great atmosphere in Sleaford this eve for Zygote Festival.
Excellent night big well done to all involved.
Well done everyone, especially artsNK; it goes to show the potential the town has.
I just wanted to say congrats on what seemed to be a massive success to my eyes! I was amazed at the capacity crowds, which didn’t seem to decrease in size all evening so well done to everyone. Good team work indeed.
Just wanted to say what a great event you were able to draw together yesterday
Zygote was fantastic; loved it! Congratulations on putting on a really superb event
Very interesting festival. 3D projection brilliant. Loved it, Fire Gardens, aerial dancing etc
The fire garden and the 3D Projection were amazing as was everything else.
Fantastic – Excellent to have such a night in Sleaford.
I loved it all! It was very fun!
Unique experience in the dark.
Very well organized and entertaining.
Really interesting and atmospheric, especially the Fire Garden.
Amazing Well Done
And those on duty enjoyed taking part just as much! Emails received from stewards the following day read:
The festival was awesome. You should all be really proud. Well done!
Thank you so much for letting us be part of the wonderful Zygote festival. It was truly inspiring.
This will be a hard act to follow, so watch this space!