Festivals news

Martin Dimery to retire as Frome Festival director

MARTIN Dimery, who became creative director of the Frome Festival in 2007,  taking over from founder-director Martin Bax, has announced that he will retire from his post after the 2022 festival. He said: “Directing the Frome Festival has been immensely rewarding and I’ve been greatly honoured to have maintained the position for 15 years. Following…

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Music under the moon at Bath

THE Polish composer Henryk Gorecki’s haunting Symphony of Sorrowful Songs is the centrepiece of a remarkable Christmas concert at Bath Abbey on Wednesday 8th December. Charles Hazlewood will conduct his Paraorchestra, with soprano Victoria Oruwari, under the magical giant Museum of the Moon installation  by Bristol artist Luke Jerram. The interior of the historic church…

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Cape Farewell’s wAteR climaTe festival

THE Dorset-based environmental arts foundation Cape Farewell and Poole’s Lighthouse arts centre have come together to highlight the critical issue of climate change. From Wednesday 3rd November to Saturday 4th December, the arts centre is hosting Cape Farewell’s wAteR climaTe festival. The COP26 summit in Glasgow is a critical moment – can countries and governments…

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Celebrate Voice back in Salisbury

SALISBURY’S Celebrate Voice Festival makes a spectacular comeback, based at the Guildhall from Thursday 21st to Saturday 30th October. Now in its 8th year, the festival used the lockdown in 2020 to produce online shows, workshops and live events when possible. This year’s event brings acts usually seen on the London jazz circuit, at the…

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Wainwright Prize winner at BridLit 2021

THERE is a surprise late addition to the published programme of this year’s Bridport Literary Festival – the final speaker, at The Electric Palace on Saturday 13th November at 7.30pm, will be this year’s Wainwright Prize-winner, James Rebanks. The award-winning nature writer, Lakeland farmer and poet was awarded the most prestigious prize in nature writing…

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Salisbury festival back in 2022

SALISBURY International Arts Festival will return in 2022 with a full programme for the first time in two years. From 27th May to 19th June, the festival will feature a diverse programme of music, theatre, film, dance, spoken word, visual arts, family and free events. The festival, running over an extended period of three weeks,…

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Wells (Somerset) to the world

MANY of the speakers at this year’s Wells Festival of Literature, from 15th to 23rd October, are literally or metaphorically at home in Somerset but the event has a world-wide reach, not only via the internet but also in the home countries of the festival competition entrants. Somerset is the base or inspiration for speakers…

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A festival for curious youngsters

BATH Children’s Literature Festival, a celebration of story-telling, illustrations and books for “curious young minds” returns this year with a starry line-up, from Friday 24th September to Sunday 3rd October. Speakers include the Children’s Laureate, Cressida Cowell, fitness star Joe Wicks, Dapo Adeola, Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet, Sophie Dahl, Irish comedian David O’Doherty, Chris…

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Sounds and songs of the sea

THE Festival of the Sea, a day-long celebration at Lyme Regis on Saturday 25th September, has an eclectic programme that includes a concert by The Longest Johns, science and sustainability talks, family activities and a miniature maritime museum. Throughout the day local artist Jessame Coulson is running a drop in children’s art workshops related to…

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