Welcome your child into the world with a Naming Ceremony. You can create a beautiful, personal celebration involving family and friends that need not cost very much. As an alternative to the church, your ceremony can be spiritual in its own way. For any parent - married or single - for any new family with adopted or step children. This is an important milestone in our lives.
Dead Good Guides were commissioned by Festival of Thrift and Tees Valley Arts TVA to devise a 5 day immersive workshop for selected trainee artists from the NE during the days leading up to the Festival. We looked at the nuts and bolts of creating a Naming Ceremony - what is it? why would you choose one? when might you have one? what does it include? where can you hold one? how much will it cost? ......
Together we created a beautiful pavilion under our red canopy on the Festival site to promote/inspire/ inform the public about Naming Ceremonies and to let them know that, after the Festival, should they consider having their own Naming Ceremony, there are trained artists in the region who can support them, through Tees Valley Arts TVA.
Over the weekend we had many families drop in and engage in hands on activities including working with clay and paper, to make artefacts that could be part of a Naming Ceremony. We had a wood fired kiln in a wheelbarrow producing tiny clay birds as mementoes, and visits from BoomBike Bouree and Phoenix Choir lead by Mouthful from Sage Gateshead.