During Phase One of the Alchemy Project a suite of short films was made highlighting the challenges and opportunities of cultural interventions in the creation of a more tolerant and socially-cohesive Boston.
Lithuanian, British, Polish, Latvian and Russian communities came together to work on researching, devising, participating in and making these films. The films reflect the tensions, concerns and frustrations of many people living in the Boston and surrounding area. The films also highlight the considerable strength created when these communities come together to celebrate and share their cultures with each other.
Boston Borough Council – National Scrutiny Award-Winning Film cultural solutions UK and Blueprint Films were commissioned to make this 2 minute film is support of their ground-breaking Social Impact of Immigration Report 2012.
ALCHEMY PROJECT VIDEO FOUR – It's Not Fair!
1 school. 2 artists. 3 days. 4 nationalities.
We worked with year 3 pupils of Butterwick Primary School near Boston, Lincolnshire to create an animation.
ALCHEMY PROJECT VIDEO THREE3 – LIFE: WORK: LOVE. A New Start in Boston
Four professional eastern Europeans share their stories of arriving in Boston, Lincolnshire and how they are socially and economically contributing to the area.
ALCHEMY PROJECT VIDEO TWO– It Ain't What It Used To Be!
Working with 12 residents of Boston Mayflower Ltd., the project saw Boston residents being interviewed during summer 2012 regarding their concerns of the the impact of eastern Europeans moving to the area.
ALCHEMY PROJECT VIDEO ONE – Views and Voices
Offering a wide cross section of the community a voice, the film captures the full and frank views and opinions of local residents whilst attempting to highlight the optimism of Boston's new arrivals.HTML Video Embed by VideoLightBox.com v1.11
ALCHEMY FAMILY FUN DAY 14.04.2012
The Alchemy Project launch event saw over 200 people attend this day-long event at the Assembly Rooms Boston.
An imaginative cultural programme that saw a Lithuanian pop band, Polish Choir. Lincoln Brass Bands, Joel Stickley (Lincolnshire Poet Laureate) and the Swineshead Hip Hop Dance Group performed, whilst a programme of participatory workshops offered visitors the opportunity to be creative whilst making new friends.
Polish food and a British hog roast were served for lunch to an appreciative audience.