Scandinavian Festival Returns to Middlebrough
By One Giant Leap
Tuesday 12 Dec 2017 16:36:00
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Sara Calgie will open The Festival of St Lucia again in The Start Studio, community art studio in Linthorpe, Middlesbrough, on Saturday 16th December at 12 o’clock.

It will be held in The Start Studio in the premises of a building on Park Road South known to many locals as the former Swedish Mission featuring a colourful mosaic on its outside walls.

The building, known as Scandinavian House, has been brought back to life by artist and former primary school art teacher Sara Calgie.

Sara said: “We have been asked so many times by people from the locality to revive this tradition. It was celebrated in this building for over 50 years to mark the winter solstice and St. Lucia. We want to carry it on in this incredible building and its an honour to do it.”

“Having been involved in work with schools and families it is part of our ethos to ensure we use opportunities to celebrate the diversity of Middlesbrough. We loved the idea.”

On the day there will be a very Scandinavian look to the event, which will have stalls, demonstrations, opportunities to have a go at Scandi crafts, as well as tradition food, spiced punch and carols. You can hear find out more about the Festival that has remained so longstanding in Linthorpe, with the exception of  6 years it was closed, proceeding Sara taking the space.

Sara, who lives in Marton, wants to safeguard creativity for the future and knows it must be protected, nurtured and valued. Her new Community Art Studio will be a space to do just that.

The Festival will involve crafts people featuring their work. Amongst these will be a potter, woodturner, giant knitter, collage artist and jeweller. Jeweller Marianne Robson, who makes her designs from freshwater sea pearls and gems is a designer maker from Norway. She used to attend the Scandinavian House when she settled in Middlesbrough herself over 2 decades ago.

It is these sorts of arts, crafts and designers that Sara wants to use the studio, providing workshops and classes in 2018.

She said: “Techniques can be taught but creativity is a skill that develops independently, and it is this sort of place where people can come and be creative.”

There are several photographs on display in the studio that show the festival from years gone by, but Sara would love to know more. If you have memories of the Festival of St Lucia or The Seamen’s Mission from years gone by then Sara would love to hear those tales.

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