Murder Mystery Tea Dance


Wakefield Lit fest 2015

The Brief

Rusticus were commissioned by Wakefield Lit Fest to co-curate and deliver a creative events programme in collaboration with Beam, a local working group and Featherstone Library, funded by the Arts Council Strategic Touring Fund. Designed to be a ‘lit fest in a day’ and contain all the components of a traditional literature festival – the event needed to created with and for the local community.


What We Did

We created a number of bespoke events following community interest, including a literary murder mystery tea dance and an imaginative romp through 1950s adventure stories for children around Pearson Park with a charismatic explorer. We delivered creative workshops in local primary schools, engaged young people in a writing competition, programmed adult writing workshops and author events, and created a literature trail throughout the high street shops.


The Result

We successfully delivered a one-day celebration of reading, writing and words on Saturday 19 September 2015 at Featherstone Library, bringing high quality arts activity to areas of the Wakefield District with least arts engagement, building capacity and strengthening engagement with community partners.

“I have to say we have had some fantastic feedback so far and I was over the moon when we sold out of the tickets by Thursday morning. We had to turn quite a few people away for Halloween itself – but a good problem to have!”

Marketing Manager

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