Amid much fanfare by Meridian Brass, Simon Callow and Prunella Scales will launch what many believe will be the UK’s most ambitious community development and employability projects at noon on Monday, 29th April at Canary Warf.
The bus’s activities will emphasise self-help, employability training via Inter-Action’s Instant Business Enter-prise System (IBES) and Community Arts. The Artistic Director is ED Berman MBE, aka Otto Premier Check.
The launch will consist of short speeches by Callow and Scales, a photo opportunity for journalists of them holding an Olympic Torch, an Olympic Gold Medal and/or a Running Blade prosthetic leg.
This will be followed by the Anthem for Inter-Action’s Fun Art Bus composed by Caroline Heslop for Meridian Brass. The group will be playing the fanfare composed with a special fifth member of the group, the Fun Art Bus itself! That’s right; Caroline’s special piece starts and ends with a fanfare that is performed alongside the group, by the buses engine.
This is to be followed by a tap-dancing Santa and William Shakespeare’s cousin, Wilma, reading fragments on burnt paper from his first folio. Tickets for the Fun Art Bus (FAB), which are spooled out of an original clippie machine, contain specially commissioned poems by Roger McGough, President of The Poetry Society, Prof. R.L. Dogg, A F Harrod, Matt Harvey and Colin West. On the FAB will be videos of the history of Painting, Sculpture and Music. A National Community Fourth Plinth will also be unveiled.
Something about the past of the Fun Arts Bus:
Inter-Action Fun Art Bus 2013-2016
Inter-Action first put a Fun Art Bus (FAB) on the road in London and for the Munich Olympics in 1972. On 29th April 2013 Inter-Action will launch the London tour of FAB for 2013-2014 to selected London Boroughs.
In 2015 it will go to selected major UK towns and cities. The FAB comprises several neutral spaces for theatre, video, music, dance and art exhibition. The contents will be entirely new art, dance, literary, musical and theatre creations; it is not a revival.
The Bus, a 1964 RouteMaster (Leyland AEC) has been converted by Inter-Action with the help of a large number of volunteers into a mobile-arts venue with exhibition spaces, a proscenium arch theatre up-stairs, a window theatre for mime downstairs and a portable, outdoor performance platform. Inter-Action has fitted-out the vehicle with large LED video screens, an outdoor projector screen (donated by the Canary Wharf Group), art projections, digital arts and IT.
The new FAB will also draw on Inter-Action’s years of experience in social enterprise to introduce community development, focussing on self-help and employability activities (including literacy and numeracy) through the Instant Business Enterprise System (IBES). Inter-Action’s Instant Business Enterprise System (IBES) 2013 IBES was first introduced by HRH Prince Charles in a BBC special programme.
Today, Inter-Action enables people to set up their own small company, become self-employed or to improve their employability skills.
IBES is primarily carried out as a training project using real money in the real world and not as work-shops or lectures in the classroom – although it may be accompanied by these. Real processes, required to set up a business, can be implemented in very short time periods of either two days or over four evenings. These time-frames help overcome the inability of many to defer their gratification.
Some additional aims of IBES are to help develop leadership and basic management skills, build confidence and enhance financial capabilities in the participants; it also helps widen career choices.
The event will also see the launch of a crowd funding campaign. This will help raise funds to allow the FAB and IBES to visit housing estates and town centres throughout London. For more information on the campaign please visit http://www.facebook.com/funartbus