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Darnhill Festival of Invention took place on Saturday 12th July from 12 noon till 6pm in and around Argyle Parade, Darnhill, Heywood OL10 3RY.

The theme of the festival was inspired by the European Year of the Brain. There were plenty of lightbulb moments!  Cartwheel Arts and Darnhill Festival Association engaged 5 local schools and Chrysalis in workshops with artists and writers to develop the festival “Invention” to celebrate the importance of our brains.

Children created spectacular designs for a machine that will “Improve our Lives” or “Make the World a Better Place”.  Entries included, The Choc-o-matic, The Don’t Spend A Lot machine, Feed the People 9000 and The Rain-Watcher!

The winning design, The Violin Player Thing, has been made by artist Artmikanik!  The machine led the procession at the Festival. All the shortlisted designs have been published in a booklet alongside some of the brilliant and zany ideas which the pupils came up with. Copies of the booklet will be available at the Darnhill Library.

There was an afternoon of fun for all the family, with stalls, arts activities, live performances, Art for Wellbeing tent, Tell Us Another One tent with MCs, DJs and graffiti workshops, and, of course, inflatables!

The festival was a huge success and we would like to thank all stallholders, volunteers, schools and local businesses that helped out!



The winning invention by Antony Mason of Holy Family RC and CE College




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