A new film that captures the images, words, music and sounds that make up our rural landscape from Cornwall to Northumberland
At a time of isolation, the national network of rural touring schemes have worked creatively to continue their connection with rural communities. The enforced pause in holding live events in villages up and down the country gave the schemes the opportunity to collaborate on a project designed to explore new ways of enjoying and taking part in artistic practice.
Armed with their own cameras and smartphones, volunteer promoters who are active as organisers of theatre, concerts and live performances in rural spaces captured sound and video content from their communities during lockdown. These were stitched together by filmmaker Gemma Wearing to create a visual landscape overlaid with music and poetry from artists in each of the participating regions.
The idea behind The Symphony of the Countryside was to give participating rural communities the chance to share their ideas online and understand each other better as a result. The connection with professional artists drew these ideas and thoughts into a coherent artistic product.
Watch the film on the Carn to Cove website: https://www.carntocove.co.uk/projects/symphony-of-the-countryside/