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kinetika skirtsWorld Party in the Park is a spectacular free world arts festival for families in Basingstoke with a focus on high quality performance, visual spectacle and public participation. The Making initiated the event to help launch the new Basingstoke Festival and to celebrate the talents and diverse cultural traditions of the people who live and work in North Hampshire. It takes place in Basingstoke's attractive Eastrop Park.

In an extensive pre-event education programme, professional artists work with schools and communities to create original artwork and costumes to wear in the Children’s Parade that opens the event. On the main stage the best of local performers are programmed alongside national and international professional performers new to Basingstoke to provide an inspiring cross-section of world music and dance while street performers interact with the crowds.

Kinetika rondelParticipation is central to the event's ethos, and there are countless opportunities for people to try a new skill - be it sport, craft, cooking, music or dance - often with the performers they have seen on the main stage. A major feature is The Theatre of Making with craft workshops run by the country’s leading makers and artists.

There is something for everyone - whatever their age, culture or interests, and the quality of the artists and the lack of the usual commercial entertainment make this a very special event.

bird"I didn't know Basingstoke did anything like this. It's brilliant!" What a wonderful event - so colourful". "A great event with a diverse programme, great attendance and fantastic atmosphere": These comments sum up public reaction to World Party in the Park.

To see the 2012 World Party in the Park, watch the video. For details see the brochure or log on to http://www.worldpartyinthepark.org.uk

To see our pilot World Party in 2011, Basingstoke's first professionally run large-scale world arts event, watch the video.