The Cosmic Dung Beetles on their trip to Liverpool
Two dung beetles arrived in Liverpool to take part in the ninth annual Lightnight festival, the free one night arts festival, on Friday May 18th. We gave a 20 minute presentation at each of the following: Steble Fountain, Bluecoat Courtyard, and Albert Dock. The theme of this year’s Lightnight was Transformation, which suited us Dung Beetles perfectly.
Dung beetles were the scarabs worshipped by ancient Egyptians as symbols of transformation through death and rebirth. They have been around since at least the time of the dinosaurs. They assiduously recycle animal dung into food and nesting space for their young, and in so doing, they actually sequester greenhouse gases, thus unwittingly helping humans to reduce climate-warming emissions
Our dung beetles roamed the city posing questions, making music, and generally engaging with the public. How can we transform our world from one of remorseless consumption, pollution and inequality into a place where we all live to our fullest creative potential, while remaining within our biological constraints? What can we learn from the humble dung beetles who literally prevent our planet from overflowing with waste and crap? Our audiences were attentive, interested, and prepared to engage. It was a great first excursion for the Dung Beetles, and we will be out again soon!
To book tickets go to – http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/ELFDED
Our final performance for this run is on Monday 29th May, 2pm, at the Croydon Ecology Centre, a fabulous oasis of gardens and woodlands, which is a short ride from East Croydon train station on the no 3 tram. Entrance to the Ecology Centre is in Ballard’s Way. Parking available in Ballard’s Way, or in front of Heathfield House for disabled drivers and passengers.
Croydon Ecology Centre, Heathfield, Coombe Lane, Croydon CR0 5RH
If you cannot make any other dates then come to this one – the perfect place to be on a Bank Holiday afternoon – don’t miss your last chance to see us on this tour!
We did our first performance on May 6th to an enthusiastic audience.We look forward to returning there on May 28th. Thanks to Henry, Daniel and all the lovely volunteers at Purple who helped us with setting up/taking down and generally boosting morale.
Many thanks to Beverley who despite being low with ‘flu unlocked the lovely space for us near Bromley-by-Bow. Exciting to start working with our two new performers – Piedad and Vinicius, welcome to Terabac. You are creating a world of extraordinary insect movement – and contributing some challenging warm-ups!