Festivals news

Frome Festival – how it began

THERE are two ways you can launch a festival. You can spend years planning, booking the acts and preparing the events, securing sponsorship, getting the funding in place, hiring venues and making sure you have an army of volunteers and a core team of committed professionals to manage every date and detail. Or you can…

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The sounds of a staircase

COMPOSER Helen Ottaway, working with her regular collaborator sound engineer Alastair Goolden, has created a mysterious new work for Frome Festival, which runs from Friday 2nd to Sunday 11th July. Secret Staircase, at one of five Frome staircases, all within easy walking distance of the town centre, is intended to surprise, enthral or inspire participants….

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The show must go on for Frome’s 20th

COVID restrictions continue to make life very difficult for venue and event managers, but Frome Festival is going ahead, from Friday 2nd to Sunday 10th July, with a busy programme for the 20th anniversary of this multi-arts celebration. Most of the planned events are going ahead, but there have inevitably been some adjustments to the…

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Dancing with danger at Lyme Regis

TWO of the UK’s leading writers of psychological thrillers will be coming to Lyme Regis on Saturday 26th June to talk about their new novels, as part of Lyme Crime, Dorset’s new crime writing festival. Sunday Times million-selling author Erin Kelly will be in conversation with Sarah Hilary, winner of the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime…

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Tattoo, new Outsider project for BEAF

PLAYWRIGHT and theatre-maker Nell Leyshon has created a new work for this year’s Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival. Tattoo, from 26th to 28th June, is part of BEAF’s ongoing Outsider project. Nell Leyshon, novelist and playwright, who has had plays performed at Shakespeare’s Globe, Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre and at previous BEAFs, is artistic director of the…

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An amazing return to music-making

ONE of the highlights of this year’s Bath Festival was the performance of the Gesualdo Six at the Roman Baths, singing a programme of Renaissance and recent choral works. It was good to be back, says the Gesualdo’s tenor Michael Craddock.. How has it felt performing for the 1st time since the restrictions have lifted? We…

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Live arts back in Bath

THE Bath Festival 2021 opened with a dramatic flourish on Monday 17th May, one of the first arts festivals in the UK to welcome back live audiences to indoor events. Bath Festival Orchestra played the opening concert in the newly refurbished historic Bath Abbey to a sell-out audience. The space in the abbey’s nave was…

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Open studios and more

WYLYE Valley Art Trail, moving from its usual end of May dates to the beginning of the month, was one of the first major visual arts events open to the public. It was also one of the most successful ever – a good sign for Dorst Art Weeks, which will take place from 22nd May…

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