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The Hei People return to Medway on a high

Date: 14/05/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

STRONG PHOTO STORY Part of FUSE MEDWAY FESTIVAL – Sat, 31 May – Sat, 14 Jun A number of peace-loving Hei People have found a lofty perch to call home, at The Brook Theatre, Chatham. The scarecrow-like figures can be seen gazing across Chatham Riverside, from the theatre’s balcony, preparing for the Fuse Medway Festival. Created by Finnish performance artist Reijo Kela, the Hei People will continue to find new homes-on-high across Medway, as the countdown to the festival launch on Saturday, 31 May continues. The silent and gentle community first appeared in Chatham last summer, taking root on the banks of Fort Amherst. During their 2007 visit the Hei People made many new friends, although a mindless minority, under the cowardly cover of night, attacked them. Undeterred, they arrived back in Medway last month, acquiring a new wardrobe, courtesy of some generous well-wishers. The Hei People on The Brook Theatre’s balcony will remain for the duration of the festival, whilst their wooden friends take up different lookouts. Impetuous and indecisive, the rest of the Hei People will not let us know about their new temporary homes until the last minute. So look up and keep your eyes peeled. For a photo of the Hei People on The Brook Theatre balcony, please call Steph Coole on 01634 338309 or email stephen.coole@medway.gov.uk. Fuse Medway Festival is a celebration of arts and creativity in Medway. Spanning three weekends of great live performances and exhibitions, the festival includes theatre, indoors and out, cabaret, music, visual arts, dance and a hamper-full of fun for families. Visit www.fusefestival.org.uk to download a free brochure and uncover the full line-up. Alternatively, call box office on 01634 338338 to request a hard copy.