James Yabut, one of our excellent Community Reporters looking back on the launch weekend of this year’s InTransit. Great article James!

Written by James Yabut, City Living Local Life

The first weekend of this year’s InTRANSIT Festival literally got off to a flying start with a visit from the Voladores de Papantla.

Los Voladores de Papantla at InTRANSIT Festival Los Voladores de Papantla at InTRANSIT Festival

These Mexican bird men brought some much welcome colour and daring to a grey and drizzly Emslie Horniman’s Pleasance as they performed this ancient ritual in the UK for the first time.

The ceremony sees five dancers in traditional costume scale a 20-metre mast. At its apex the group’s captain plays a flute and drum, bowing in all four directions of the universe to begin an invocation dance to the sun god before the group spins back to earth on ropes.

The evening’s programme was put together by Border Crossings who specialise in international and multi-media theatre. Associate Director Lucy Dunkerley said: “I really hope that visitors felt they experienced something…

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