Festivals news

Celebrating the Winter Solstice at Bridport

BRIDPORT celebrates the shortest day and the return of the light at the second Winter Solstice Festival, at the Electric Palace from 21st to 23rd December. The event, organised by Afro Celt Sound System and The Imagined Village founder Simon Emmerson, Bridport Electric Palace manager Susan Warren and local writer Margery Hookings, brings together some…

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Bath Festival announces extended anniversary dates

NEXT year marks an exciting landmark for Bath Festivals – the 70th anniversary. To commemorate this important milestone, the festival team has created an impressive programme building on the rich heritage of an event that is the cultural highlight of the city’s calendar for residents and visitors alike. The 2018 Bath Festival will take place…

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Vocal Celebrations return to Salisbury

SALISBURY’S annual and award-winning Celebrate Voice festival is under way, performed at various venues around the city until Sunday 29th October. The ten-day celebration of song continues at the Blackledge Theatre at Godolphin School on Wednesday 25th and Friday 27th October with Opera della Luna’s production of Tales of Offenbach.  Festival founder and director Lynsey…

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Screen Biting around Dorset

SCREEN Bites Food Film Festival, bringing films from around the world to village halls across Dorset – continues until  28th October. Still on the menu are  A Chef In Love, at Wootton Fitzpaine, on Thursday 26th, set in Georgia as the Bolshevik revolution rolls into the independent Black Sea country where Chef Pascal Ichak creates…

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Meet Fanny Cradock – the original celebrity chef

SCREEN Bites Food Film Festival gets together with Bristol’s Show of Strength Theatre Company and Orchard Park Garden Centre at Gillingham to stage Fanny and Johnnie Cradock Cook The Great American Songbook on Friday 13th October. It’s a typically quirky and flamboyant event to launch Screen Bites’ Bakers Dozen Festival, running from 13th to 28th…

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Sherborne has the write stuff

THE sixth Sherborne Literary Festival builds on the success of the last five years with a packed programme that will bring top writers, historians and broadcasters to the abbey town, from 11th to 15th October. Highlights include Rory Stewart, explorer and government minister, talking about his book The Marches, Cotswold organic farmer Rosamund Young talking…

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Hitchcock and Kokoro at Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH’s new music ensemble Kokoro will be playing live to accompany a screening of Blackmail, a classic silent Hitchcock thriller at Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival, on Sunday 15th October at 8pm at Pavilion Dance. The event is the closing event of the first annual Short Sounds Film Festival, celebrating the sound of cinema …

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Fantasy fish and plastic beach at Bournemouth

BOURNEMOUTH’s always inventive Arts by the Sea Festival offers some wild and witty watery adventures at this year’s seventh annual festival, from 14th to 21st October. With a theme of Plastic Beach, to highlight the serious environmental concerns about plastic pollutions in the oceans, the festival offers a line-up that ranges from fantastic fantasy fish…

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