Festivals news

Not madding but laughing

IF you are among the many who think Thomas Hardy is not a barrel of laughs, Tom Browns at Dorchester will be looking to change your mind with Hardy Har, the town’s first comedy festival, on Saturday 13th July. Laughter comes to High East Street as Tom Browns pub joins forces with Dorchester Arts, The…

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New era for Cerne Abbas Festival

CERNE Abbas Music Festival, established in 1991 as a relaxed but high quality celebration of the chamber music repertoire, takes a new direction this year, with a new venue and an inaugural autumn series. Most concerts for this year’s festival, from Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July, will be in the usual venue, the village’s…

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Hardy novel opera premiere for Dorset Opera’s golden jubilee

DORSET Opera celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, with performances of one of the world’s best-loved operas and the premiere of an opera adapted from a favourite Thomas Hardy, with its roots firmly in Dorset. There will be seven performances of the two works at Bryanston School’s Coade Hall, Blandford Forum, from 22nd to 27th…

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Poole’s new Pride festival

POOLE’s Lighthouse arts centre is hosting the first Poole Pride day on Saturday 8th June in celebration of our community and its many beautiful identities. As well as a full day of free events including a family-friendly daytime variety show hosted by Chris Jarvis, the extraordinary Proud Pooches dog show and a cabaret showcase of…

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