12th December 2021 – The Leipzig Plantation, Devizes In 2019 DOCA, along with many of our sector colleagues, signed up to the Culture Declares Climate Emergency initiative. DOCA is committed to acting and making positive changes in as many aspects of its work as possible towards this goal and to offsetting our carbon footprint. Working with Devizes Town Council and with thanks to the Woodland Trust, we planted a parcel of land at the Leipzig Plantation to create a small ‘Festival Woodland’ for people to enjoy long into the future. The first 31 trees were planted early in 2020 just before the national lockdown
DOCA worked with Ginkgo projects on a community event aimed at residents of the new Kings Gate estate in Amesbury, with thanks to Arts Council England, Bloor Homes and Amesbury Area Board for funding. DOCA led a new partnership to create a spectacular entry for Amesbury Carnival, which also appeared at Devizes Carnival on July 13th 2019, with the Woolly Mammoth. We worked in Kings Gate, a new estate in Amesbury where over 4,200 homes have been built creating a new community, many of whom are military families. The project aimed to create and engage the new community & connect
2018 marked the centenary of the end of World War I. One hundred years after the cessation of hostilities on the Western Front, we still see connections either through family history, local heritage, or generally in the long-term impact on society and the world today. The War claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had a huge impact on those who experienced it. For the last four years, the Imperial War museum and other associated Non-profit organisations have been marking the impact of the First World War with a vibrant programme of global events and activities to
2017 saw the introduction of two new lanterns to our lantern parade. Paisley the cow was bought back after Devizes Carnival to once again grace the streets of Devizes. But we also saw the introduction of a couple of fantastic flamingo lanterns and an amazingly scary, life size velociraptor!! Designed and made by a team led by Chris & Mick Davey, this monster of a lantern was made in less than a month. Massive thanks to both Mick, Chris and their team for all their hard work. All of our large lanterns are available to hire from DOCA for other
In 2017, DOCA worked with Dee Moxon, an experienced Carnival Maker and lantern builder, and Caenhill Countryside Centre on a Carnival Development programme to make a life size Sacred Cow as well as individual cow headdresses to take part in Devizes Carnival. These workshops aimed to help people develop their Carnival skills, meet some great people, and make something fantastic for Devizes Carnival. Techniques used included 3D modelling and sculpture and general carnival arts. After a series of workshops, Paisley the cow made her debut at the Isle of Wight Mardis Gras on the 1st July 2017, and then joined
Noises on the Street was a pilot project that took place in Devizes between May and July 2015. It explored Street Bands and Street Music, inspired by marching bands and steel bands around the world, especially New Orleans, and mixes up jazz, funk, folk and other music. Music leader Tim Hill, who is steeped in the traditions of outdoor music making, worked with young musicians from Lavington School and members of White Horse Samba to make some really exciting sounds. Noises on the Street explored the potential of creating a new Street Band connected to DOCA and our inspirational annual
DOCA was commissioned by Wiltshire Council to produce the Magna Carta 800 Community Pageant & Finale in 2015. We worked with professional arts organisations And Now and Festive Road and artists Tim Hill and Flick Ferdinando to deliver this spectacular celebration, involving hundreds of community participants, 18 Giant Baron Puppets, live music and a magnificent pyrotechnic finale display. “Your team were amazing, and it looked fantastic“ Salisbury Cathedral Representative “I just want to thank you for keeping me sane. We made it …. and the collection of Barons looked amazing. Once again, many thanks to you and your team for all your
New Paths was a short pilot project commissioned by Quest Southwest to enable artists to create new links and work with specific non-arts organisations who have expressed an interest in the project, in order to research and develop new ideas for outdoor work. Three pilot projects have taken place in the southwest. DOCA was tasked by Quest Southwest to support New Paths: Outdoor Arts and the Avebury Landscape. New Paths will create proposals, guidelines, resources and inspirations, looking at what could happen at Avebury, what does and has happened. Key is the idea of helping both interpret and celebrate this extraordinary place.
Enjoy a collection of specially commissioned films of our work in 2014. Commissioned by DOCA with James Harrisons Productions. Find the films on our Youtube channel.