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The GoGoHares are community art at its best

PUBLISHED: 06:00 21 June 2018

The GoGoHares ready for the trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

The GoGoHares ready for the trail. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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It has been three years in the planning, and this weekend the GoGoHares will finally hop into their places on the charity art trails through Norwich and Norfolk.

Following in the footsteps of the GoGoGorillas! and GoGoDragons! - the GoGo stars of 2013 and 2015 - the hares are the latest members of the GoGo family and they look set to be every inch the superstars that their predecessors were.

As the red carpet “PremiHare” launch event at Riverside last week showed, they are already creating much excitement among people of all ages, with lots of GoGo fans eager to get cracking on the trails which kick off this Sunday.

Fifty large GoGoHares are heading to our fine city, while 18 more will be forming another trail around the wider county, and from July 2 more than 160 leveret - or young hare - sculptures will also be leaping into Norwich to add to the fun.

Having been lucky enough to enjoy a sneak preview of the amazing art on many of the hares, I think people will be in for a treat.

The GoGoHares - and all the GoGo projects - truly are community art at its best on so many levels.

Organised by children’s charity Break and Wild in Art, they are also made possible thanks to the tireless support and enthusiasm of an army of artists, sponsors, supporters, schools and other organisations who in this 50th anniversary year for Break have together created something very special for the summer of 2018 in Norfolk.

As well helping to build partnerships, the GoGoHares also look set to do a great job of inspiring everyone through art, including people who perhaps may otherwise not have thought that art was for them.

Every sculpture on the three different 2018 trails is a hare-shaped masterpiece and, by placing them out on the streets instead of in a traditional gallery setting, the trails break down boundaries that can sometimes be associated with art and encourage people from all walks of life to enjoy taking a look at the colourful characters.

And behind all the fun there is also a very important serious side too - to boost the profile of Break and the incredible support it gives children, young people and families in need, and to raise vital funds for the charity’s future.

The GoGoHares is a wonderful event for an extremely worthy cause.

So, pick up a trail map, and have fun seeing how may GoGoHares you can spot hare, there and everywhere across Norfolk over the next few months.

For more about GoGoHares, visit www.gogohares.co.uk

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