Flaxmill Maltings Open Mic Marathon

We will be hosting an Our Big Gig music event at the Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings on Friday the 11th of July, bringing attention to the site and creating a celebration for local contributors!

The event will be free to attend, offering 4 hours of music in an open mic format. There will be workshops, music and dance, local choirs, ukeleles, food, drink and a festival atmosphere. 

This will take place in and around Flaxivity, a youth centre based in a disused glazing factory in front of the Flaxmill Maltings buildings. The centre, which was set up by the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings, offers skateboarding ramps and other activities and it will greatly benefit from the Our Big Gig event. 

We will bring together a wide range of ages from the community to celebrate the Heritage site and the youth centre.

What we'll do:

  • Deliver an Our Big Gig event at Flaxivity
  • Programme 4 hours of free live musical performance
  • Offer music and dance based workshops
  • Have musical activities to engage children
  • Involve local schools
  • Provide food and drink stalls
  • Support local businesses and the local economy
  • Provide information on the Heritage site and it's future regeneration

Why it's a great idea:

Our Big Gig hosted over 336 events in July 2013 across the UK with over 200,00 attending. 
We hosted one of those events in the forecourt of the Flaxmill Maltings. It was very successful, and in 2014 we want to build on that success, and once again put on a music based event that people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy.

How we'll get it done:

  • We have an organising comittee
  • We have a large pool of volunteers to draw on
  • We have a long list of local musicians who have contributed to past events at the Flaxmill Maltings
  • We will use social media and the local press & radio to recruit more acts and to publicise the event.

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