In 2008 Barefoot was invited to help revamp and boost the arts content of Lord Mayor’s Day and in May 2009 we helped introduce a children's carnival parade, city centre community performance, local theatre group Stiltskin as lead artists and an empty city centre shop as their workshop base. In 2010 the May event was even larger and more spectacular, with now LMD Artistic Directors Stiltskin working with schools to create ship and sea creature costumes. Barefoot helped to establish a close partnership between the University of Plymouth's Open House event and Lord Mayor's Day and also coordinated a parade link with schools and community organisations in the Mutley Greenbank area.
For 2011 we are focusing on seeking out new groups (and schools!) to take part in the parade and city centre performance and arts students (of all ages) who want to generate some really exciting and innovative arts participation around the city centre area (think Edinburgh Festival!). If your group, school, college or organisation haven't been involved and would like to be please contact Barefoot now. We want Lord Mayor's Day to represent all the people of Plymouth!