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Our community arts festival was established in 2011 by John Gorman with the late Stirling Dutton to encourage participation in the arts, to showcase local talent across a wide range of arts disciplines, to bring national / international performers and artists to the Wirral and to inspire new work in the arts.
We are a volunteer run festival and each July, since 2011, we have managed – somehow - to bring a packed programme of events to the Wirral Community! This year Wirral’s favourite community arts festival is back from 7th-22nd July 2017.
We can promise another exciting programme of events! We are bringing back by popular demand, at least three of your favourites from previous festivals: Craig Ogden international classical guitarist, Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich), the dynamic young music quintet that wowed us in 2016, and Ian McMillan “the Bard of Barnsley”. Appearing for the first time will be Simon Armitage, currently Oxford Professor of Poetry and famous for some his very long walks! In addition, we will be providing lots of opportunities for local talent in the arts, music, theatre, poetry, storytelling, working with our partners at West Kirby Arts Centre and Melrose Hall, Hoylake. And we plan to repeat our series of community saturdays including the Children’s Festival Day in Meols and a West Kirby Summer Festival day.
There are lots of opportunities to get involved
- competitions in poetry and photography
- a range of workshops, including our Poetry Picnics" combining some of Wirral's most beautiful walks with the chance to write
- a day of "Get Creative" workshops with writing for performance featuring BBC's Carole Solazzo, and art and photography workshops
- Various opportunities to exhibit and sell art and craft work
- Open mic poetry
- Open stages for local musicians