Street dance show wows crowds 

14/08/09
Dancers from Gulliver's Boom Box
Dancers from Gulliver's Boom Box

Dancers and acrobats put on a thrilling spectacle for the grand finale of the One Bolton Festival.

The show organised by Bolton Council, was the highlight of the eight-week festival to bring the town’s diverse communities together.

Crowds saw professional dancers from Gulliver's Boom Box company emerging from a giant ghetto blaster in Victoria Square. The artists performed a range of dance styles to music including rap, soul and nineties tunes.

A metal frame was erected for performers from Urban Playground who specialise in parkour, also known as freerunning. They entertained the audience with backflips, breathtaking leaps, somersaults and stunts and carried out free workshops.

The festival was sponsored by the Bolton and District Hospital Saturday, a not-for-profit insurance company. It provides affordable healthcare cover to Bolton residents, such as dental and optical treatment and payout for hospital stays in return for a small weekly payment.

A variety of events have taken place as part of the One Bolton Festival including the Horwich Carnival Races, the Blackrod Scarecrow Festival, the Howfenfest in Westhoughton, the Churchgate Summer Festival, the Bolton Bazaar and the Bolton Mela.

Leader of Bolton Council Councillor Cliff Morris said: “We wanted to celebrate the different cultures and communities in Bolton and decided to bring together a festival of events together under the banner of One Bolton. With history, art, culture and music there has been something for everyone over the last two months and the finale was a real crowd-puller.”

Bolton and District Hospital Saturday’s Business Development Manager Dr. Jane Barber added: “We are delighted to have sponsored the One Bolton Festival because we believe the ethos and rationale behind this Festival marries perfectly with our own.”

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