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Pupil wins procession design contest

The winning design for the centrepiece of the Festival of Nature procession spectacle has been chosen!

Derrick Ababio, in Year 3 at St Peters C of E Primary School in Bishopsworth, produced the design for the Avona puppet that represents the spirit of the Avon river and will lead the procession.

The competition was judged by artist Sophie Howard, who is creating the willow art for the procession and who picked Derrick’s design from all the entries submitted by pupils at St Peter’s. Derrick’s prize, which was donated by The Matthew, is a trip on the replica historic ship with his whole family.

All the puppets for the procession will be made by St Peters pupils and their parents at special workshops, with younger pupils enjoying trips to the woods with Bristol Forest School leader Andy Wilson to help collect natural materials for the creations. St Peters is kindly sponsoring the procession, which will wind its way through the Harbourside at the Bristol Festival of Nature on Sunday, 12 June and set off on its voyage to the city of Bath.

Look out for another spectacle event in Keynsham on Sunday 19th June and for the grand finale in Bath on Saturday 25th June. More information can be found at www.festivalofnature.org.uk

Derrick is pictured with Gill Bicknell, artistic director of Brave Bold Drama, who is devising the Festival procession. The procession and the full Festival of Nature arts programme is funded by Arts Council England as part of the Bristol 800 series of cultural events.




Derrick with his winning design and prize


Derrick with Gill Bicknell

Sophie Howard judging the designs

Artist Sophie Howard judging the designs