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What's On - Sunday 3 July

Sunday 3 July, 10am - 5pm

Sunset Park is transformed into a garden of bamboo curiosities, with opportunities to build, play and explore. Activities take place through the day, plus look out for the Imagine Bamboo Orchestra, film screenings and more. Download the Sunday programme.

Here’s what’s on:

Bamboo Builds International 
10am - 5pm

Engineers from Atelier One join bamboo experts from the UK and across the globe, meeting and working together for the first time, to design and build a bridge from UK-grown borinda bamboo. You’re invited to watch their progress through the day and help test this magnificent creation. Join the great global experiment in bamboo building!


Bamboo Model Makes
10am - 5pm

Design and make models from bamboo, under the guidance of artist-maker Lou Jones with special guest designer-maker-engineers from across the UK. Suitable for all ages, drop-in.  


Bamboo Builds with Arup
10am - 5pm

Join engineers and designers from global structural engineering firm Arup to build your own bamboo structure from a specially designed kit. Suitable for all ages, drop-in.


Bamboo Swing
10am - 5pm

Have a go on the giant bamboo swing, made by engineers from Atelier One and bamboo experts from across the globe (note: For safety reasons, the swing will not operate during The Great Bamboo Circus Experiment.)

The Great Bamboo Circus Experiment
11am, 1.30pm, 4pm

Imagineer and NoFit State Circus have invited circus acrobats and engineers to explore what circus structures, performance and tricks can be created using UK-grown borinda bamboo. Find out what they’ve discovered so far and join in with some new balancing, hula hooping and juggling experiments. Suitable for all ages, drop-in.


Bamboo Makes: Taking Root
12pm - 12.30pm

Join digital artist Ling Tan, whose project Taking Root explores the relationship that people in the UK have with bamboo, in conversation with specialist bamboo grower Michael Brisbane. 


Taking Root in Sunset Park

A bamboo planting ceremony led by artist Ling Tan with 'bamboo parents' from across the UK, who have cared for baby borindas plants in their homes over the last three months as part of Taking Root, a unique creative experiment in carbon capture and community building. They will plant their baby borindas in Sunset Park along with our hopes for the environment.


Bamboo Talks: Growing Art and Architecture
1pm - 1.30pm

Join Jed Long from Cave Urban (Australia) in conversation with Neil Thomas (Atelier One) as they discuss the possibilities for bamboo in the worlds of art and architecture.


Bamboo Makes: Bamboo Bike-Building Demonstration and Q&A 
2pm - 3.30pm

Bernice Dapaah (Ghana Bamboo Bikes) and James Marr (Bamboo Bicycle Club) demonstrate how to build a bamboo bike. Explore how to design a bamboo bike, selecting the correct bamboo, using a jig, metal inserts, how to cut and mitre, methods of joining bamboo and fitting components to a bamboo bike frame. 

This is a live build, with as much involvement from audiences as we can! The demo is followed by a Q&A where Bernice and James talk about the challenges of creating bicycles with bamboo. 



Bamboo Talks: Bamboo Logic – the amazing power of bamboo for carbon capture and cleaning toxic soil
2.15pm - 2.45pm

Meet bamboo expert and former Director of INBAR (International Bamboo and Rattan Organisation) and Senior Consultant to BambooLogic, Hans Friederich to discuss the enourmous potential and environmental impact of bamboo.


Bamboo Talks: Bamboo Sustainability
3pm – 4pm

Rebecca Reubens of Rhizome meets Stella Hall, director of Festival of Thrift, to exchange views on sustainable design and fair exchange between the global south and global north.


The Great Bamboo Circus Experiment and Imagine Bamboo Summit finale
4pm - 5pm

A moment of celebration as we try out the bamboo bridge designed and built in one day through the unique collaboration between international and UK makers, and you! Admire the 'garden of amazing bamboo curiosities' created through the weekend, and join in with the Bamboo Circus and music from the Imagine Bamboo Orchestra!

This is an outdoor event with bamboo building, testing and collaboration taking place in real time. Timings and programme may be inspired to change in response to good ideas and/or weather.

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