Festivals news

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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Celebrating emerging arts at Bournemouth

BEAF, the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe, will be back in 2018, with a free launch event on Saturday 30th September.. The return of BEAF, from Saturday 28th April to Monday 7th May 2018, follows a successful bid to Arts Council England, and Arts University Bournemouth. In 2015, the town’s biggest arts and cultural event involved…

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Savouring Wells Literary Festival

WELLS Literary Festival celebrates its silver jubilee in 2017 at the Bishop’s Palace, from 13th to 21st October. The impressive line-up includes some of the country’s leading writers, politicians and historians – Simon Jenkins, Hollie McNish, Nick Clegg, Andy Hamilton, Daisy Goodwin, Owen Sheers, Anne and Michael Heseltine, Helen Rappaport, Fergal Keane, Adam Rutherford, AC…

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Prospects of Somerset

THE theme of this year’s Somerset Art Weeks Festival, which runs from 23rd September to 8th October is Prospect, featuring group shows by SAW members and invited artists throughout the county as well as special projects, exhibitions, workshops and bursaries commissioned and supported by Somerset Art Works. Alternating between Open Studios and Festival years, Somerset…

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