The idea of celebrating the culture of the three towns, Malmesbury, Gien and Niebull grew out of discussions about ways in which we could strengthen and deepen our relationships with each other.
Cultural links such as music and dance, joint art and photographic exhibitions had been planned for the year 2020, which was also the 20th Anniversary of the signing of the official Twinning agreement between Gien and Malmesbury.
Another reason to celebrate.
For obvious reasons, all plans have been put on hold until the ongoing health emergency has sufficiently improved as to allow visits to be resumed.
A lovely example of a joint endeavour is the exchanging of specially designed embroideries, each separately depicting the two towns of Gien and Malmesbury.
These will be exchanged as an Anniversary gift to celebrate 20 years (well, now 21!) and exhibited in respective Town Halls.
Planned joint Music workshops, Art and Photographic exhibitions (Malmesbury, Niebull and Gien) will take place during next year’s re-scheduled exchange visits.
For example, Malmesbury Twinning will be part of the Flying Monk Arts weekend, with contributions from weavers and potters from Niebull and potters and painters from Gien.
We also plan an exciting project in the form of a music video involving Malmesbury people, shops, cafe’s, young people (and anyone else we can persuade!)
Dressing-up, face paint and local musicians will be involved!
This is intended to be used as a video installation during the September exhibition and will then be shared with Gien and Niebull.
Watch this page for updates and information as to how you to get involved.
So, fingers crossed, Cultural Celebration will be even bigger and better than originally planned.
Please refer back to this page for up-to-date information.