Festivals news

Bristol Ferment turns ten

THE eagerly-awaited Ferm­ent Fortnight, from Monday 27th January to Sunday 9th February, is celebrating a decade of work-in-progress by artists and companies from across the South West. The bi-annual Ferment festival Ferment will be based in the Weston Studio at Bristol Old Vic, and will showcase some of the finest innovators and theatre-makers from the…

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Fringe festival is open for registration

SHAFTESBURY Fringe Festival 2020 is open for registration, with a repeat of last year’s early booking discount for performers. For this year’s event, from 3rd to 5th July, the organisers hope to transform the High Street into a public performance and visual art space. Co-chairman Rob Neely is urging members of Shaftesbury’s artistic community to…

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Bath joins Beethoven 250 celebrations

BATH Festivals will be joining the worldwide celebrations of the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven, staging a series of six concerts of the composer’s entire cycle of 16 string quartets. Three of the concerts will take place in March, with three more in May, during the main festival, forming part of a global…

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Dame Janet Suzman at Purbeck Film Festival

PURBECK Film Festival, now in its 23rd year, has an exclusive screening of the 1982 film Priest of Love during the opening weekend celebrations, on Sunday, 20th October 2020. Film director Christopher Miles and Dame Janet Suzman (who plays Frieda, the wife of DH Lawrence) will be at the festival for the event, which is…

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Celebrating laughter and storytelling

SALISBURY’s Celebrate Voice festival, running this year from Friday 25th October to Saturday 2nd November, is not only a celebration of the musical voice in all its aspects – opera, jazz, choral, folk – but of spoken word, comedy and story-telling. This year’s festival takes place in the glittering setting of the pop-up Wilson’s Piccolo…

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Tasty line-up for Yeovil Literary Festival

THE line-up for the 2019 Yeovil Literary Festival, from 31st October to 4th November, offers a rich menu from star food writers to ballroom dancers, musical broadcasters to favourite novelists. The opening day, Thursday, includes a talk by MTV star, the ”Dirty Vegan,” Matt Pritchard, whose book (of the same name) answers the challenge to create…

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Celebrating world cinema at Sherborne

SHERBORNE Rotary Club’s annual international film festival, over the weekend 25th to 27th October, brings some of the best of contemporary and classic world cinema to Sherborne School’s Powell Theatre. Films include, on Friday: The Invisible Guest, The Return and Indochine, a powerful and epic Oscar-winning French film, starring Catherine Deneuve, set in colonial-era Vietnam….

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Classics and more on Purbeck festival agenda

CLIMATE change and the challenges facing the environment are high on the agenda for this year’s Purbeck Film Festival. As always the programme includes new releases, classics and new stars of world cinema and old favourites. The programme, with screenings at the Rex art deco cinema in Wareham and at village halls across the Purbeck…

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Ships of Heaven

BROTHER and sister will be on stage at Cedars Hall, Wells, at noon on Sunday 20th October, when newsreader Julia Somerville interviews her brother Christopher about his new book, Ships of Heaven, about this country’s majestic cathedrals. The event is part of this year’s Wells Festival of Literature. Christopher Somerville, the walking correspondent for both…

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