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festival fever. We are going to be celebrating some of our most
memorable music ad and performance moments. I join the UK's top
fireworks display team as they attempt to take Monaco by storm.
wonderful words of Shakespeare meet the big beats of hip-hop mash up
style. I take to the stage as I learn to sign a live gig. We both
light up Salford Quays in a fun run like no other. That's all coming up
on today's Blue Peter. That was absolutely amazing!
Hello, this is Kendal Calling, a music festival in the Lake District.
You're dancing already. I can't help it. The stage is being set and there
is loads happening. We have been on the roads travelling. We went to
Leeds last week. We hope you had as much fun as we did and we unveiled
who you have picked as your brand-new Blue Peter presenter.
next Blue Peter presenter, as chosen by you, the CBBC viewers is...
Lindsay! Congratulations! It's fair to say she was pretty shocked. You
can see it in slow mo replay. She is over the shock and she will join us
in a few weeks. This festival attracts 13,000 people. The UK goes
crazy for festivals in the summer. It normally means getting muddy and
rained on but this year even the sun has his hat on. There isn't a welly
very good at dancing. There's so much to be discovered like this
badge wall. This is amazing. OK, we brought with us. Let's talk about
the amazing stuff you have sent in. We have had so much post in the last
few weeks. We love these letters sent in by Anna from Tunbridge
Wells. She sent us all the letters but you sent us so much stuff we
cannot fit it on the wall. Thank you all. This is amazing, everything you
expect from Blue Peter, all the pets and badges. Look at the side here, a
lovely little holder for your badges. Have a look at this book
sent in by Natalia in Dorset. So much information and the cover is
all sparkly. There are pop out pages and she even has a list of all the
Blue Peter pets since 1962. Thank you so much for that, absolutely
fantastic. Thank you for the fabulous things you send us, we love
seeing what comes through the letterbox. It is a huge part of any
festival but how does it affect your enjoyment if you cannot hear it?
Deaf people can find it very difficult to get the whole festival
experience so I went along to meet some people who use British Sign
Language to bring music to life for everyone. From one big field to
another. This is Latitude Festival in Suffolk and there's plenty going
on here, too. I love music and I love watching it with groups of
people but at the moment, I'm not concentrating on what the band
sounds like, all I'm watching is the lady in the far corner who is
interpreting the songs. In a few songs time, that is going to be me.
Yes, I'm going to perform a whole song in British Sign Language. It is
a good job I have had some excellent teachers. I'm in a rehearsal room in
London to meet the team that will teach me how to sign. Hi, I'm
Rebecca and I will be translating for you today. Hi, I'm Jean. Jean is
going to help me interpret words and the meaning of the song. Hi, I'm
Ashley. Ashley is a presenter on the CBeebies show Magic Hands and he
will be on stage with me for the festival performance. I have been
practising saying hello, my name is. Can I have a go? Bear with me, I'm
not as fast at finger spelling yet. My name is B-A-R-N-E-Y. Hi! Well
done. We're going to play you a few short clips of music and we want you
to listen to them, perform to the mirror how you would express
yourself. A British Sign Language performance is all about expressing
the meaning of the song through movements, not just spelling out the
lyrics. I'm not sure I've got it yet. I think it's a song linked to
love? I have no idea what that was. A big finish. I can imagine the
tango dance with a rose between the teeth? Not quite. I've got work to
do so it's time for the serious business of learning a song for the
festival. The song we're going to be signing is called Rearrange by a
band called Stealing Sheep. Years ago you'd wish you'd known that
people change and rearrange. They don't sound like easy words to sign.
It's an emotional stumble rather than to fall over. It's like the
trauma so what we are going to teach you to sign is this movement which
is stumbling and then being hit by a metaphorical bramble. I'm not even
sure what that means! The movements are like a dance but there is so
much to learn. Stumbling down a bramble track. I'm trying to make it
more like this. Years ago, which is going over your shoulder. I really
want to do the best I can when I get on stage at the festival so I'm
recording Ashley performing a song so I can do some homework. There is
so much to remember and all in just two weeks. A big congratulations for
today. Remember, practice makes perfect. If you aim, you can
achieve. We will see you at the festival! Back at Latitude, my
trusty team and I catch up with Stealing Sheep, the band whose song
we are about to perform. What is the song about? It's like struggling
through something or trying to get somewhere and then things coming
together and becoming alive. What you're hoping for from us, or me, is
the song you've spent time writing and putting beautiful harmonies
over, is interpreted in the right way so everyone knows what you're
singing about? Yes.No pressure at all. Nervous. With the performance
just couple of hours away, I'm taking the chance to rehearse
whenever I can. The crowds are packed in and any second now, I will
be in front of them. I'm so glad Ashley is with me. Oh, we're on,
there's no turning back. Here goes! Stumble down the bramble track and
turning back to where it stands. Years ago you'd wished you known
that we've all changed and rearranged.
Oh no, my mind has gone blank. I don't think anybody noticed! Every
time I see your face. us and say we are incredibly proud
of him. He did so, so well. It was a massive achievement. Big claps all
around. That was it, that was the performance. There were a few
moments where I sort of froze. The great thing is, Ashley knew exactly
what was going on. He was a great shoulder to rely on. To sum it up in
one word, I would say, fantastic. I do this! That was fantastic, good
job. This is how to sign fantastic. I've always wanted to learn sign
language, it's so impressive. It is, thank you. Nervous. H-E-L-E-N. You
can spend hours, I will try and master some skills. Thank you to all
who helped me. And to Stealing Sheep for letting us share the stage with
them. It was so nice to learn the meaning of the song by learning the
language. Blue Peter is all about getting stuck in. This summer we
want you to get stuck in and inspire your friends to get involved in
sport. You might just get your hands on one of these. The Blue Peter
sport badge is all about inspiring others to take part in sport. Maybe
you are cricket crazy or hooked on hockey or fanatical about football.
You could earn a sport badge. Between now and September, get a
friend involved in your sport. It's really up to you but get a picture
of you both taking part. Then go to the Blue Peter website and fill in
the application form. Make sure your teacher, coach or parent signs it
and then put it in the post and wait. Badge applications are open
until the 30th September and you have to inspire someone this year to
be in with a chance of receiving one. Go on, be inspiring and get
involved. The Blue Peter sport badges are only available in the
summer so get those applications in fast. The sport badge is all about
encouraging others to get into sport but if there's something different
you have your eye on, our friends at BBC Sport have created a website
called Get Inspired. You will find everything you need to know to try
your hand at over 60 different sports and you can find the website
by clicking on Get Inspired. Be inspired and get involved. You never
know where it might take you. as Helen found out when she was
entered into a rather unusual fun run. There are a lot of things that
go together well. Ice cream and jelly, fish and chips, Harwood and
Skelton, but I have never heard of running and art going together. When
I found out about something that uses technology and people running
about to create art, I had to get involved. All I need is someone to
take care of the running. I wonder. Helen, you like jogging, don't you?
I'm always running. I have a challenge for you, and epic run, are
you up for it? Yes, is it in the desert or in Antarctica? No it's a
run around the quays. What is important is how you're going to
look. Follow me. You do look the part so far but there's one more bit
to add to your costume. This is climbing gear. Technically it is
running gear. Let me show you something. Lights off, please.
are you doing? Wait right there. Tomorrow night, you will take part
in an event that is unique and also creative. You will love it because
it means you get to be the centre of attention because you're going to
light up. Wow, they're all over me. I look like a Christmas tree.
does everyone else, look at this! That is amazing! You and 120 other
runners will be jogging around the canal wearing these light suits,
painting a picture as you go, how cool is that? I'm going to be in
charge of the tech so I will be at the desk. That sounds like a big fat
cop out to me. You've got a rehearsal to get to. Jog on and I
will see you later. Have fun. Barney plays with his toys, I soon
discover this is much more than a run, I've got moves to learn. I've
got to do letters and at one point I've got to be a flower. Then I've
got to run, stop, run, stop. Do a flower again before you go. That is
a beautiful thing. Have a good run. It's time for the big event. As
darkness falls, Helen and the runners leave bang on time. I feel
like I'm part of some weird army. settle into the control room with
light technician, Callum, who is ready to talk me through my task.
We've got 430 cues through the show so there are 430 changes happening
to the suits throughout the production. A suit that goes from
white to red to white again is three cues. Yes, absolutely. Our run
begins with a warm up lap around the course and right past our Blue Peter
Studios. The crowd's gathering and when we're in position, the
choreography and light show can begin. So I'm just pressing the go
think it's going well. It creates a rainbow effect all the way through
the runners. Now. Oh, yeah. Is that bright enough for you? Going. Wow.
Perfect. I've lost my crew once but I'm back in the right place now.
Two, four. This event is about putting on a show for people who
have come to watch but it is also about the photography and film it
inspires. So I have left Callum to control the lights because I have a
very special gadget that is perfect for this job. This is a weird
monitor where you can see me moving in a very strange pattern. We are
going to try to show you how to paint using light. Normally you
would use a stills camera for this and put it on a tripod. And take a
picture over a long period of time whilst you move something that is
lit up through the scene. But this clever bit of software does it all
for you. I thought we could set this up to film the runners as they run
past and in doing so, it will paint a pretty picture. After a
last-minute reminder of our moves, it is time for the big finale. All
120 of us take to the piazza following our lead runners. Looking
good, Helen, and I've got the camera in position to start painting with
light. That looks absolutely amazing, doesn't it. All the runners
are moving quite frantically and they have got these people suddenly
appear, fading into the shot. When was the last time you looked at a
piece of artwork that changed every makes. It was chilly then but look
at us now. We've got sleeveless tops on and everything. We love to hear
what you get up to so why not get in touch. We are going to tell you
about something very special happening in September. A make that
lets you keep those special summer memories forever. It's a make that
requires a bit of preparation that you can do now. We need you to
collect things together. If you get invited to a party over the summer,
keep the invite, if you go to the cinema, keep the cinema stub. Maybe
you have some family photos. That's a nice idea. I'm going to keep my
festival wristband. If that's not enough to keep you going, get
involved with our Summer Reading Challenge. All you have to do is
sign up in the library and read six books over the summer. The stickers
that you will be rewarded with absolutely pong. Not in a bad way,
in an unbelievably bad way. They really stink. If you really fancy a
challenge, why not try reading the works of Shakespeare? Or you may
think 400-year-old books are a bit boring. This drum-beat in the
background works quite well as an introduction because the Hip-Hop
Shakespeare came in to show us their All you little boys are a Comedy of
Errors. One day my friend you're jealous
like Othello. What you gonna do?
Little boys get tamed like the shrew.
You're dreaming. I am the Julius Cesar here, me.
All's well that ends well. Like Macbeth, you're going to hell.
Measure for Measure, I'm the best here.
The Merry Wives of Windsor, not King Lear.
You battle like Hamlet, you pay for your actions.
You're Much Ado About Nothing. All you do is bite it.
I'm too tired, I don't need 12 Nights.
I am the one with the force. History, Just like Henry IV.
On fire, things look dire. Cold as a Winter's Tale.
It was bound to fail, so will you. That's suicide like Cleopatra.
She needed two gentleman of Verona. I am the owner!
Being too great. I have no need to beg.
A weighted halo rests heavy on a king's head.
I was not born to soothe but to command.
And move mountains with my Royal hand.
The great King Richard. Who knows not my name.
Your pain must be withstood. For lions make leopards tame.
When shall we three meet again? With thunder, lightning and rain.
When the course is run and the battle is won.
For half the light comes with the setting of the sun.
Fair is foul and foul is fair. Hover through the fog through the
filthy air. Hover in the rain cos we're going
nowhere. Do we bother to refrain from the
weight of the chair? # So-la-so.
With solemn reverence: throw away respect.
Tradition, form and ceremonious duty.
For you have but mistook me all this while.
I live with bread like you, feel want.
Taste grief, need friends: subjected thus.
How can you say to me, I am a king? Am I king? Can you see the energy
I'm channelling? Am I queen, cos I control the powers
I enrol? Am I King? King or just a dashing
prince? Am I Queen?
Is she Queen? Is he King?
Am I king? Can you see the energy I'm channelling?
Am I queen, cos I control the powers I enrol?
Am I king or just a really dashing prince?
Am I King? Am I Queen?
I am the poet. Cos I do not use no language.
And I use a variety of vocabulary. I take the listener to deep regret.
And back to exquisite happiness. Words, poetical force. Of course my
lyrics are in it. And I pivot around my bars.
APPLAUSE. Those guys were cool! Not as good as
this! What number have these following things got in common? The
Musketeers, Patrick in the football game, Blue Peter presenters. Lindsay
is going to be joining the ranks. Three! We could get her to hang
bunting on the Humber Bridge. Or what about getting her to go all the
way to Monaco with the UK's top firework display team? That sounds
being escorted into the docks of Monaco by the police. A police
expert -- Escort is normally reserved for monarchy but this is
full to the brim with fireworks. An award-winning British firework team
have transported these explosives over 1000 miles to Monaco by the
Mediterranean Sea. The team want to set up a fireworks display for an
international competition. The whole display was designed by Mark, who
started his planning eight months ago back in Britain. How do you go
from gadgets and TV screens to a fireworks display? We start with the
music. Lots of good music but some of it is not good with fireworks. It
goes from the music software into a scripting software. If it is a quiet
peace, we use quiet fireworks. If it is a colourful piece, colourful
fireworks. Is it controlled by computer? Yes. That is what has been
happening in Monaco. The harbour has already seen three huge firework
displays from France, Austria and the Czech Republic, all competing to
win this year 's competition. Mark and his crew face a big task
building his vision. But help is on hand. Mark's fiancee is also a
whiz-bang expert. Can you explain what you need to do. We have to
carry all these tubes into position and get them back in and get the
pins in so they are safe. We've got 20 crew here, 21. Can I be a crew
member? Bring it on. So I get down and dirty to lift these huge tubes.
They are used to launch specialised fireworks in the display. Placing
them is very physical and technical. I have been given a map of where the
tubes go and that, believe it or not, is the language these boys
speak. I'm guessing they want the progress. Mark, Hannah and the team
still have plenty of work to do wiring every firework up to the
computer. This does not look like the kind of fireworks you get on
bonfire night in the back garden. These are category four fireworks.
They're far more powerful. These boxes tell the fireworks went to go
off. Do you trust me? What do you reckon? Yeah, love to. If you put
that into 29. It doesn't matter what way round they go. It must be
connected otherwise it won't fire. They're definitely connected. Slot
29. That's mine! The set-up as gone have worked so hard to put this
together. How are you feeling? can't explain how nervous I feel.
The conditions are perfect so we should see the fireworks dance
through the night sky in time with the music. Will be our waiting for
is the lights to go out and as soon over Monaco in 50 different, vibrant
the ships down there. All of Monaco celebrates the fireworks by honking
their horns to let them know they're enjoying the display. It is a
cracking display! Light and sound in you, that's why they're UK
champions. And what an amazing day we have had. Our festival fun must
come to an end. Next week we will be taking to the skies and celebrating
our high-flying stands. I go loopy when I ride with a top aerobatics
display team. The Red Arrows let me join their ranks. And I lend my