Festivals news

Paloma Faith steps in for Bath Festival finale

BRIT Award winner Paloma Faith will headline the Saturday night of this year’s 70th anniversary Bath Festival finale weekend, 26th and 27th May as an extension to her sell-out summer tour, replacing Tears For Fears, whose spring 2018 tour has been cancelled for health reasons. For fans, Paloma Faith will be an exciting replacement for…

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Ben Okri and Pankhurst descendant at Swindon LitFest

SWINDON’s literary festival celebrates its silver jubilee this year, from 7th to 19th May, with an impressive line-up which incudes the Booker Prize winning novelist Ben Okri, philosopher AC Grayling and Dr Helen Pankhurst, the great-granddaughter of suffragette leader Emily Pankhurst. Other speakers include novelist, broadcaster, thinker and contrarian Will Self, witty poet Matt Harvey,…

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Nell Leyshon makes directing debut at BEAF

AWARD-winning writer Nell Leyshon makes her directing debut with her play The Vodka Hunters as part of the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival. Somerset-born Nell was the first woman to have  play performed at Shakespeare’s Globe. As a novelist, her works have recieved high praise. For the past 12 years, Nell has been working with “outsiders”…

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Sea shanties on Poole Quay

CREATIVE Events Students from Arts University Bournemouth have run a successful crowdfunding campaign to bring a Sea-Folk Festival to Poole Quay Coastliners, at various venues on and around the historic quay on Saturday 21st April, will traditional sea shanties back what was a maritime centre of Dorset. The sea shanty and sea-folk festival is a…

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A quarter of a century of Dorset Art Weeks

HOW time flies! It is a quarter of a century since the first Dorset Art Weeks – in fact, the actual anniversary was last year. The original DAW, one of the oldest open studios in the country, was in 1992. The biennial festival of visual arts in Dorset returns this year, from 26th May to…

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A new music festival for East Devon

THERE is a new event in the West Country’s busy musical calendar – East Devon Music Festival, at venues in Honiton and surrounding villages, from 16th to 30th June. The new festival comes in the year of the 30th anniversary of Honiton Festival, which many will remember as a first class celebration of both music…

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Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival

BRISTOL’s sixth jazz and blues festival, over the weekend 15th to 18th March, will be the last at the old Colston Hall – and there’s a line-up to make this a spectacular farewell to the  familiar concert hall which has served the city for so many years. Festival director Denny Ilett, who will be playing…

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Moving but staying the same at Wells

WELLS Festival of Literature is following the hugely successful silver anniversary celebrations in 2017 with a 26th festival at a new location. The 2018 festival, from 19th to 27th October, will take place in the city’s newest performance hall, Cedars Hall at the Cathedral School. This state-of-the-art facility will provide the festival with a comfortable,…

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