Festival promises to be out of this world

September 29 2021
Festival promises to be out of this world

THIS autumn, Wells Cathedral will play host to Luke Jerram’s spectacular Museum of the Moon, a moveable exhibition that has drawn tens of thousands of people to venues around the world.

To celebrate this lunar ‘landing’, Wells Cathedral has arranged a Festival of the Moon to take place over the course of the Museum of the Moon’s stay from October 13-November 3, with lunar activities, high-profile acts, and other evening events for visitors, concertgoers, and worshippers alike.

The Cathedral is delighted that the festival programme is finalised, and that it will be hosting some fantastic artists, musicians, and scientists: Helen Sharman (the first UK astronaut), who this year celebrates the 30th anniversary of her voyage to the Mir Space Station; the inimitable Dame Patricia Routledge in her latest show, Admittance: One Shilling, with Piers Lane; and Nick Park’s much-loved Wallace and Gromit in A Grand Day Out – to name but a few. A full list of events can be found at: www.wellscathedral.org.uk/Festival-of-the-Moon

The Chapter House will be transformed into the Schools’ Planetarium for the duration of the festival, displaying artwork from schools across Somerset.

Measuring seven metres in diameter, the Museum of the Moon features 120dpi detailed NASA imagery of the lunar surface. The installation is a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition created by BAFTA and Ivor Novello award winning composer Dan Jones.

Luke Jerram’s multidisciplinary practice involves the creation of sculptures, installations, and live arts projects. Living in the UK but working internationally for 19 years, he is known worldwide for his large-scale public artworks.

The Cathedral has expressed its gratitude for the support of local businesses and organisations who have helped make the visit of the Moon possible: Pilgrim Financial Planning, Santé Wines, Millfield School, The Greek Taverna, The Swan Hotel, Twentyone Cafe + Kitchen, Wells Voice, Wolf Barbers, Rugantinos Restaurant, Rajah Spice Tandoori, Absolute Cards, Cadeaux & Co, Goodfellows Restaurant and Cafe, Pickwicks Country Kitchen, Runway Boutique, St Andrew Chiropractic Clinic, Harris & Harris Solicitors, Miles Morgan Travel, St Andrew’s Press, Lodestone Property, Nosh-stalgia, Lynnsey Kelly Flowers, and Wells Cathedral School.

The Dean of Wells, the Very Rev Dr John Davies, said: “We are very pleased to be hosting a festival of events surrounding the Museum of the Moon.

“This series will be an important milestone in the renewal of culture and tourism in Somerset following the pandemic. Come and see.”

The Cathedral will be open daily from 7am to 6pm for visitors to admire the touring artwork. Booking is not required for day visits, and entry to the Cathedral is free with donations gratefully received. Wells Cathedral is a certified ‘Good to Go’ heritage attraction and has measures in place to ensure that everyone who visits is safe and cared for.

A free, self-guided astronomy tour guide of the Cathedral will also be available to those visiting the Museum of the Moon.

• Picture: The Museum of the Moon seen inside Bristol Cathedral (Bob Pitchford)