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Droitwich ArtsFest Opens in hot sunshine

Droitwich arts festival got off to a very hot start on Saturday 30th June with events taking place in the open air in very hot sunshine.

The festival opened with announcements by Droitwich Town Crier, Edgar Harwood, accompanied by musical fanfares from a U3A ensemble. Following short speeches by Droitwich Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bill Moy, and Nigel Huddleston MP, shoppers in St Andrews Square enjoyed an afternoon of dance.

Tracy (Tahira) Griffiths and her team started the session with Belly Dancing. International dance instructor John-James ran a professional and lively Salsa session. And the afternoon concluded with a very energetic Zumba class led by Eliana Keen. Members of the general public participated in all three sessions.

Belly Dance in the town centre

Droitwich ArtsFest bags £1,000 from Tesco’s community grant scheme

Droitwich Arts Network is delighted to announce it has bagged £1,000 from Tesco’s Bags of Help community grant scheme to support Droitwich arts festival

Bags of Help is run in partnership with environmental charity Groundwork, and sees grants raised from the sale of carrier bags awarded to thousands of local community projects every year. Since launching in 2015, it’s provided more than £43 million to over 10,000 local community projects.

Millions of shoppers have voted in Tesco stores up and down the country and it can now be revealed that Droitwich ArtsFest has been awarded £1,000. The timing is perfect as ArtsFest starts on Saturday 30th June at 12 noon in St Andrews Square, Droitwich

Droitwich ArtsFest lasts four weeks with mostly free events including music, art, crafts, dance, exhibitions, drama, and poetry. The aim is to engage the general public in a wide variety of artistic activities, and to encourage all sections of the community to attend. The full programme can be seen at www.droitwichartsfest.org

Festival organiser, Rhys Jones, commented “Receiving this funding from Tesco makes a significant impact on helping us to meet the costs of an ambitious festival, particularly as most of the events are free to attend”.

ArtsFest 2018 launch on Saturday 30th June

After almost a full year of planning and preparations, Droitwich ArtsFest 2018 will be officially opened on Saturday 30 June in the town centre. At 12.00pm at St. Andrew’s Square Town Crier will announce the festival, and short speeches by the Mayor of Droitwich and Nigel Huddleston MP will follow. 

The theme of the opening day is Dance and a centre of the town will be a stage for Belly Dance, Salsa and Zumba. All events will be led by top instructors and public will be invited to join in. 

Droitwich Rock Choir will perform at Droitwich High School in the evening, starting at 19.30pm. 

Saturday 30 June – St Andrews Square

12.00 – Brass Quartet, Town Crier, Mayor, and MP
12.30 – Belly Dancing with Tahira
13.15 – Salsa Dancing with John-James
14.30 – Zumba with Eliana Keen

Saturday 30 June – Droitwich High School

19.30 – Rock Choir (£12 for a Standard Ticket and £10 for a Concessionary Ticket, please click here to purchase)

All events at St. Andrew’s Square are free, so come along and enjoy an afternoon filled with music and dance. 


Droitwich ArtsFest Launches on Saturday 30 June

Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) has announced an exciting programme for this year’s Droitwich Arts Festival.  Lasting 4 weeks and 5 Saturdays, ArtsFest offers a wide variety of free events, many in the open air, encouraging the general public to experience a range of arts related activities.

The festival starts on Saturday the 30th June at 12 noon in St Andrews Square, Droitwich, with announcements by the Droitwich Town Crier accompanied by fanfares from a brass quartet, The Deputy Mayor of Droitwich and Nigel Huddleston MP. The afternoon will be filled with Dance – Belly Dancing, Salsa, and Zumba. The public will be encouraged to join in, but can just watch if they prefer.

People’s Gallery

On Saturday 7th July, the public will be able to create a “People’s Gallery” near the High Street during the day. In the evening, a festival highlight will be a free music event in St Andrews Square with two bands and cash bar. Gates open at 6.30pm.