Festivals news

10 Parishes Festival turns over a New Leaf

REGISTRATION is open for the 2021 biennial 10 Parishes Festival, which is planned to run from 11th to 19th September. The festival promotes and celebrates visual and performing arts in the parishes of Wiveliscombe, and the surrounding villages, Fitzhead, Milverton, Clatworthy, Brompton Ralph, Huish Champflower, Chipstable, Waterrow, Stawley and Ashbrittle. The usual January festival launch…

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New home for Bath Festival

THE Bath festivals’ team of 11, which runs the Bath Festival, Bath Children’s Literature Festival and year-round Creative Learning projects, has moved out of its headquarters in Bath Street into the Art Deco former cinema The Forum. The Grade II listed building makes a fantastic arts hub for the wider community to enjoy. Bath Festival audiences…

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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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FaB news from Bath

BATH’s alternative Fringe Art Festival is moving online for 2020 with events running as planned from 22nd May to 7th June. A spokesperson for Fringe Art Bath said they would not be able to have the festival “as we know it this year, as part of the sacrifices we are all making in response to…

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