DAN network news

4 Shires music festival during Salt Fest

Music is always very important part of Droitwich festivals. The Salt Fest in September is not an exception. 4 Shires Festivals has prepared the music programme that will go for 3 days, on 11th, 12th and 13th September, in Vines Park in Droitwich Spa.

Festival visitors will have an opportunity to hear artists that appeared on BBC introducing special performances (the band Missing Sparrows and  solo artists Polly Edwards and Kim Ryder); Junction Seven Band that covers classical rock and pop hits; Indie trio The Capital Band; Stompin’ on Spiders’ who blends traditional blues with modern acoustic rock; acoustic guitarist, singer and songwriter Dan Greenaway and award-winning Roving Crows Band, just to name a few.

“Appointment with Death” in The Norbury Theatre

Appointment with DeathThe new production, “Appointment with Death” by Agatha Christie, is coming to The Norbury Theatre in September. An amateur production presented by The Norbury Players in association with SAMUEL FRENCH LTD

This year the theatre will be seeing a return to one of Agatha Christies classic murder mysteries. Originally published in the year 1938 Christie adapted the book as a play of the same name in 1945. It is notable for being one of the most radical reworkings of the novel Christie ever did, not only eliminating Hercule Poirot from the story, but also changing the ending of the story itself, meaning that even those familiar with the book might be in for a surprise.

It’s 1945 and Jerusalem’s King Solomon Hotel plays host to a party of visiting tourists. Among them is the Boynton family, headed by the elderly Mrs Boynton and accompanied by her loyal stepchildren, a young doctor and her colleague, the brash Alderman Higgs and the sophisticated Lady Westholme alongside her travel companion.

Photo walk in Droitwich High Street

On 13th of August the second photo walk of DAN photographers was organised by the member Rhys Jones. A group of enthusiasts from Photography Interest Group (known as PIGs) took a stroll from Queen Street down to the picturesque High Street. Soon after we split and everyone started to look at their own interesting spots to make a good shot.

Quirky old houses in High Street are real treat for any photographer. Although they are crooked as an effect of the brine extraction, they survived through the times and stand proudly leaning to each other. Beautiful black and white timber-framed ‘Spats Coffee House’ at No. 22 or sky blue ‘Fish and Chips Bar’ are just two excellent examples of Droitwich High Street architecture.

A new pop-up gallery in the town centre

For about a month or so Droitwich Spa has become richer for one art gallery. A new pop-up gallery is actually the window of ex-‘Blunts Shoes’ shop at 12 Victoria Square, and thanks to Paul from Park’s Café it may turn to be a relevant art point in a town centre. Several Droitwich Arts Network members have already set-up their works and their exhibition has already met with a positive response. Not only that local artists now have a nice place to show their work, but also passers-by have a chance to enjoy it and even purchase it.

This time their works are being shown by local artists Bob Addy, John Bodley, Peter Hawkins, Sam Hutchcocks, Trisha Kenny and Rosie Philpott. A variety of artistic styles are being expressed, from Peter Hawkins’ realistic landscapes and portraits by Bob Addy to abstract paintings by Sam Hutchcocks. These artists were given a subtle cross-section of the art scene of the town.