One giant leap for Dorchester Arts

JUST two weeks after launching its first-ever Crowdfunder campaign, Dorchester Arts has announced that the initial £5,000 target has been achieved to stage a spectacular community event, Arts Apollo – One Giant Leap, as part of the “Moonbury Rings” celebrations in July. With the success of the first target, Dorchester Arts has three weeks to reach the next target of £7,500.

Apollo – One Giant Leap! will take place in the dramatic neolithic henge of Maumbury Rings, and will be a musical celebration for the whole community describing the dramatic events of the Apollo 11 space mission in July 1969.

Over the coming year Dorchester Arts will work with the creator, local composer Geoff Edge, as well as writers, producers and musicians to create a spectacular outdoor performance by Dorchester’s children (and adults) to celebrate this lunar anniversary. More than 2,000 children will be involved in the project through workshops in schools, with a 500-strong choir performing on the night.

Mark Tattersall, Dorchester Arts’ director, says: “We are so grateful to everyone who has supported us so far, it has been an incredible journey. We have had such fun creating our Crowdfunder video, with fantastic support from the young actors at Dorchester Youth Theatre – and if we reach our second target of £7,500 we can involve even more of the Dorchester community.”

The performance on 19th July 2019 will be the centrepiece of a weekend of outdoor moon-related celebrations in “Moonbury Rings”, including a seven-metre diameter illuminated sculpture of the moon, an outdoor cinema event, and a family science day.

Every donation – big or small – really helps, so if you would like to donate please do so through the Crowdfunding page at