Barcelona to Blackburn – international performance hairdressers in town centre festival

Visitors to Blackburn town centre could have their hair transformed into flower themed art sculptures as part of the entertainment lined up for Blackburn’s Countryside Comes to Town event this June.

Barcelona’s OSADIA, an animation company performing creative hair and make-up art, will use volunteers to create nature-themed masterpieces in a unique performance hairdressing show at Cathedral Square on Saturday, June 25.

Two enigmatic hairstylists with brightly painted faces and clad in dramatic Spanish attire, will look through the audience and randomly choose two participants at a time.

Each volunteer will be invited to take a seat and let the artists use their imagination, creating daring and bizarre styles with gel, colour sprays, glitter make-up and decorative materials.

During the two-hour show, the unusual Spanish performers will use various countryside themed objects which have been made for the event and incorporate them into the hairstyles of the participants.

Two film cameras will be providing close ups of the action which will be beamed up to a 42 metre square screen high above the stage so that the audience can see the detail of the artists.

The Spanish word ‘Osadia’ means daring or bold – a fitting name for the theatrical company which was formed in Barcelona in 1996 by multifaceted hairdresser, make-up artist and performer, Alex Rendon.

Alex Rendon, founder of Osadia, said: “Crowds gather around and remain glued to the performance onstage, either through curiosity and a sense of wonder, or motivated by a desire to participate. We are very much looking forward to bringing our creations to Blackburn.”

The street theatre company has since performed at many events including the London 2012 Olympics, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival – as well as festivals across the US, Australia, England, France, Germany and Italy.

Countryside Comes to Town is being organised by the town’s Business Improvement District manager Harriet Roberts. She said: “Osadia are something really special, it’s street theatre but with a different approach. They are incredibly creative and it’s definitely a performance not to be missed. They are going to be real head turners!”

Performances run from 12.15pm until 2.15pm on the stage situated at Blackburn’s multi-million-pound Cathedral Quarter.

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