Festivals news

Bring out your snowdrops

SHAFTESBURY  Arts Centre wants your snowdrops – whatever your skill, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography or textiles, your snowdrop creations are wanted for the annual Snowdrop Festival exhibition, from 9th to 18th February. It’s the sixth year that the callery on Bell Street has supported the festival by exhibiting art and craft inspired by this symbol…

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Sensational line-up for festival finale

THIS year’s Bath Festival is the 70th anniversary of one of the country’s oldest multi-arts festivals, and the line-up for the finale weekend, 26th and 27th May, certainly reflects the significance of the event, including Alison Moyet, Imelda May, Midge Ure, Seth Lakeman, Tears for Fears and Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. The…

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Varied programme for Watchet Festival

THE second Watchet Film Festival, from Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th February has something for all tastes, from adventure and travel films to dinosaurs to a classic musical, all being shown at  Knights Templar School, Watchet. The opening event, on Thursday 8th at 7pm is an evening of travel and outdoor adventure films, introduced by…

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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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