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

During the afternoon students from Droitwich Spa High School worked with the ArtsFest team and distributed about 600 festival leaflets. It was estimated that well over a thousand people passed through the square during the afternoon.

Salsa

Zumba

Saturday was also the first day of a free art exhibition by members of Droitwich Arts Network in the Gallery Room of Droitwich Library, together with the annual exhibition of International MailArt.

Mail Art exhibition in the library

Next 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.

More details of Droitwich ArtsFest can be seen on their website at www.droitwichartsfest.org and in colourful leaflets available from the Library, Heritage Centre, and other outlets.

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