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Another Darnhill Festival Success!


This year’s theme was the Festival of Invention inspired by the European Year of the Brain. At the festival, there were art, DJing, dance, circus skills, graffiti, and drumming workshops, live music, a variety of stalls, inflatables, and the procession. The festival was a huge success, enjoyed by all who attended. Here are some of the highlights from various activities and workshops!

We would like to thank the Darnhill Festival Association, all the volunteers, stallholders, artists, local businesses, the schools that took part, and the fabulous community for all their involvement. We are already looking forward to next year!

Find out more about the festival here.

Look at this year's photos on Flickr










Link to Darnhill page
Link to Tell us another one page

Cartwheel Arts promotes social inclusion, cohesion, diversity and regeneration through community participation in vibrant, innovative, high-quality arts projects.

We use a wide range of media to initiate, and respond to, project opportunities in Rochdale and surrounding areas, as well as promoting the development of the arts and examples of good practice across the North West.














Art for Wellbeing begins 2 new projects in Spring 2014.

Wellbeing Dominos is a project to develop and trial a 'wellbeing game' and run a training programme for community groups supporting peoples wellbeing through creative engagement. We will be working with Lighthouse Project and Crimble Croft Community Centre on this project.

Enter-Art begins its second phase. The Creative Champions are working with CRI Rochdale to create banners celebrating addiction recovery, in preparation for the Recovery Walk 2014 to be held in Manchester.  Thanks to additional funding from AGMA through Link4Life we will be extending this project and hope to hold Masterclasses in curation, mounting, framing, and site specific artwork before a collaborative exhibition in July.

More information on Enter-Art can be found on our blog,

Art & Soul begin a busy exhibition period.

The group sculpture, Columns of Reflection, is currently displayed in the foyer at Gallery Oldham.

Art & Soul are an art group for adults living or working in Rochdale Borough who have experienced mental health issues. For more information about the group please contact

Kerry on 01706 361300 or


We recently completed another fabulous project with Barnardo's Young Persons' Forum. Read all about it here.

Keep an eye on our website for our future monthly creative writing "Story groups" for adults and Scribble magazine.

Purani Yaadein/ Old Memories is a creative support project for people with dementia and their families and carers.  This is a collaborative project with BME Health Matters. 


Darnhill Festival Association's exhibition Memories and Dreams continues at Heywood Sports Village.

Read Robert McCrum's Guardian blog about Scribble festival

More info on the Tell Us Another One website 

We have lots of beautiful publications available for you to download, including all the back issues of Scribble magazine. Some books and magazines are out of stock, but others are available by post -  let us know if you want a print copy.



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text to Cartwheel Arts! Simply text CART22 followed by the amount that you would like to donate (so text CART22 £2 if you want to donate £2)

to 70070.
All of the money that you donate will come straight to Cartwheel, so that we can carry on doing all the fabulous things we do!



















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