Birmingham 2022 is staging the 16th official Queen’s Baton Relay and has invited Critical Mass to be part of this epic journey!
The Relay began on 7 October 2021, with Her Majesty The Queen placing her Message to the Commonwealth into the Baton. The Baton is now on its 294-day long journey to every corner of the Commonwealth, visiting all 72 nations and territories.
Critical Mass is taking part in the Queens Baton Relay Celebrations this week, sharing who we are with a fun performance in some of our participants’ local areas. On Monday 18th July, the Shrewsbury Darwin Dancers, led by Dance Leader Anna, took to the stage in the record-breaking heat as part of a festival of activity happening at Shrewsbury Quarry.
The group did a fantastic job coping with the heat. To dance on top of this was a credit to their professionalism, but also emphasised the enjoyment they get from being a part of Critical Mass and wanting to perform no matter what. The Quarry was completely prepared for the heat and the dancers particularly enjoyed the on-site mist tent. The crowd loved their performance, and we even got some ice creams after to celebrate, and watched the Baton Relay come through along the River!
Sophie Humphries, Participation Producer
On Wednesday 20th July, Critical Mass groups from Burton & Lichfield, led by Dance Leader Catherine will come together at the National Memorial Arboretum to welcome the Baton, and better yet, participants Dan and Sebbie are Baton Bearers in the relay itself! Dan & Sebbie will meet the group and they will perform some of their favourite moves from Critical Mass in a mash up performance in the Arboretum Square.
On Friday 22nd July, the final group from Worcester, led by Dance Leader Clare, will perform their own compilation of Critical Mass movements not once, but twice. They will perform for a private event inside the Worcester Cathedral ahead of the Baton Relay’s arrival, and then they will perform outside on the College Green for a community crowd.
All performances are free to attend, and we welcome any Critical Mass friends and family to come along. Remaining performances:
- Wednesday 20 July: 10:45 – 11:15am at the National Memorial Arboretum
- Friday 22 July: 5:30 – 6pm at the College Green outside Worcester Cathedral