Remarkable Productions has delivered Molten Festival for London Borough of Barking and Dagenham in 2010 and 2011.
In 2010 the two-day event took place in Barking Town Square. It launched with music from Barking Bateria accompanied by ‘disco grannies with a twist’ by street theatre favourites Larkin About. A street dance and circus spectacular featuring Avant Garde Dance pieces 'Attack on the Square' , 'Taxi' and 'The Silver Tree' were presented together for the first time, captivating audiences.
Headlined by a 45-piece Samba band and dancers from the fantastic Rhythms of the City. Also appearing on the Saturday were 'In the Dholdrums' by local boysThe Dhol Academy and Manchester spectacle specialists Walk the Plank which featured the largest Dhol Drum in the World.
In 2011 the event ran for a week, opening and closing with large-scale events in Barking Town Square. A parade of light opened the festival, winding through the town, with hundreds of children with lanterns, a huge ‘fire-breathing’ bird and music from Barking Bateria. Emergency Exit Arts produced the parade and held lantern-making workshops in the town centre and at schools across Barking and Dagenham. The opening parade also marked Christmas lights switch-on.
Throughout the week a range of local arts organisations held events across Barking. The week ended with a spectacular outdoor show called Hyromania from Avanti Display, with human water fountains, comedy, live opera, music and a firework finale.
As part of the festival Barking Illuminations ran for a week with an installation in an empty store, entitles Digital Forest. Produced by artists Creatmosphere, the digital forest ‘grew’ over the week with lights, projections creating an ever-changing environment. Molten Festival is an example of the versatility of Remarkable Productions in producing a small intimate street arts festival in comparison to the grand scale of the London Mela.