Festivals news

Life in the Undergrowth

SOMERSET artist Fiona Campbell has developed a new way of looking at the world during lockdown and one of the outcomes, a short film called Life in the Undergrowth, the artist’s “first serious experiment with film-making,” is being shown during Somerset Open Studios, which runs to 4th October. The film is the result of a…

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More Blue Sky thinking

TOP comedians Mark Thomas and Josie Long and Roustabout Theatre with a pandemic-themed show are among the latest addition to Pound Arts’ exciting Blue Sky and Beyond digital festival, running from 8th to 14th June. On Tuesday 9th June, Mark Thomas, best known for his politically inspired satirical observations and investigations, will present a special…

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Elephants in Boscombe

A NEW large-scale mural that has been unveiled on along Boscombe high street pays homage to the town’s bygone era. The 29 metre wide painting by Krishna Malla, commissioned by Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe (BEAF), is displayed on the front of the Sovereign Centre . Krishna Malla, commonly known as Tech Moon, was commissioned to…

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Blue sky thinking with Pound Arts

POUND Arts, based at Corsham, can’t hold the annual Blue Sky Festival but the arts centre has come up with an exciting digital alternative – Blue Sky and Beyond, which will run online from 8th to 14th June. The festival line-up includes comedy, music, theatre, spoken word, workshops and visual artists, which the organisers hope…

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BookBound breaks the viral bonds

YOU may be stuck at home, in Covid-19 bondage, but there are exciting literary adventures to be found at an imaginative new virtual literary festival founded by Somerset-born writer Georgie Codd, the author of the critically acclaimed, newly published We Swim To The Shark. Georgie, with writer friends and book-lovers, and the support of  Wasafari magazine,…

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Inside Out and b-side postponed

TWO of Dorset’s most exciting and imaginative festivals, Inside Out Dorset and b-side, have been postponed, because of the coronavirus crisis, to September 2021, according to an Earth Day statement by the artistic directors. Both biennial events had been due to take place this September, with Inside Out’s programme of outdoor arts events across the…

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A helping of BEAF stew

THE adventurous Bournemouth Emerging Arts Festival, which inevitably had to postpone its live events, is continuing to support local artists and businesses, sharing their various creative and charity efforts through its new BEAF Stew newsletter. The aim of the weekly newsletter is to report good news, creative campaigns and workshops and activities online. The first…

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Best-sellers and international debuts at anti-viral litfest

BEST-selling authors including Sarah Perry and Clare Pooley, Costa Children’s Award-winner Jasbinder Bilan and debut writers from around the world will be taking part in BookBound 2020, the first-ever anti-viral literary festival, running online from Monday 27th April to Sunday 3rd May. The seven-day celebration of the written word is the brainchild of Somerset-born Georgie…

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