Art and science will combine as a special urban insect conservation zone arrives in Darlington this weekend.
The free event combines street theatre, games, science and education featuring the Insectopolis City of Insects and performers from the Neighbourhood Watch Stilts International (NWSI).
The roadshow will be at the Joseph Pease Statue, Prospect Place, on Friday and Saturday 27 and 28 August – during Darlington Food Festival – from 11.30am to 4pm each day.
Visitors will be able to meet and take selfies with giant butterflies and bumble bees, join in the waggle dance with giant honey bees and learn many extraordinary other things about insects, including all the things you can do to help them.
The event aims to highlight the world's recent 40-50% loss of insects and suggest what we can do to save and regenerate them.
Paul Miskin, artist environmentalist, explained: “Recently many people have noticed the lack of dead insects on the windscreens of cars. To have this event at a food festival is very appropriate because we depend on the services of these small creatures for all our food and they are a crucial link in the chain of life that supports us.
“Recent research by Nicholas Tew has shown that what people in cities and towns plant in their gardens, window boxes, and back yards and the products we avoid using can make a real difference. This event aims to show ways in which everyone can help get our beautiful world back on track and is supported by the Arts Council of England National lottery scheme and Creative Darlington.”
Councillor Andy Keir, Darlington Borough Council’s cabinet member for local services, said: “We’re thrilled to welcome Insectopolis which promises to be a fun way of teaching us all just how important insects are and how we can play our part in helping them and our local environment.”