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Droitwich ArtsFest 2018 Ends

After four weeks and five weekends, Droitwich ArtsFest has ended after a fantastic month filled with a wide variety of artistic events.

Sing and Tonic choire

The festival got off to a very hot start on 30th June with events taking place in the open air in brilliant sunshine. Following announcements by Droitwich Town Crier, Edgar Harwood, Droitwich Deputy Mayor, Councillor Bill Moy, and Nigel Huddleston MP, shoppers in St Andrews Square enjoyed an afternoon of dance including Belly Dancing, Salsa, and Zumba. That day was also the first day of a free art exhibition by members of Droitwich Arts Network (DAN) in the Gallery Room of Droitwich Library, together with the annual exhibition of International MailArt.

Droitwich Ukulele Club

Droitwich ArtsFest reaches its Musical Finale

Last Saturday (21st) saw members of Droitwich Arts Network demonstrating their work and skills in Victoria Square, while prose and poetry readings took place in St Andrews Square. Budding photographers joined a photo walk, and additional surprises were created by a close-up magician. In the evening, Park’s Café hosted another successful Poetry Extravaganza.

Local musicians present The Best of Droitwich – “Last Night of the Proms” in St Andrew’s Church on Friday 27th at 7.30pm. The performers are Droitwich Ukulele Band, Members of the Norbury Theatre, Droitwich Community Choir, Glynn Diggit, the Hussingtree Chorale, and international organist, Keith Hearnshaw. The programme Includes favourites such as Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia, and Jerusalem. Entry is free, with a voluntary collection for local good causes.

Droitwich ArtsFest enters fourth week

Last Saturday (14th) Droitwich arts festival not only provided opportunities for families and youngsters including the creation of a dragon, face painting, and art activities with salt, but also two sketching walks for adults. And all to the accompaniment of music and dance provided by pupils of Droitwich Spa High School. During the week three authors performed “30-40-60” a multi-media event comprising readings about Womanhood containing moments of both humour and sadness.

Artist in View

This Saturday (21st) sees the traditional “Arts in View” event in Victoria Square where members of Droitwich Arts Network will demonstrate their work and skills in a variety of art forms. There will also be prose and poetry readings through the day in St Andrews Square. Budding photographers can join a photo walk led by Droitwich Camera Club starting from Droitwich Library at 2.30pm. Any camera will do including tablets and phone cameras. Some additional surprises will be created by a close up magician who will move through the crowds late morning.

Droitwich ArtsFest enters third week

Following a successful opening day of dance, Droitwich arts festival continued with two music events and an open-air interactive art event last week.

On the 4th July Droitwich based full-time professional musician Keith Slater expertly delivered his 60s Celebration to a highly appreciative audience at the St Andrews Town Hotel. Then on Saturday 7th July, people were drawn to the interactive People’s Gallery placed in Gurney’s Lane. The day ended with an open-air music event in St Andrews Square shopping centre, given by award-winning band Mumbo-Jumbo, and Droitwich based Ollie Miles Band with lead singer Jack Gannon.

During the week, Emily Hastings of “Acting Up” led a Mime and Improvisation workshop on 11th July, and the participants had fun gaining an insight into the skills and mental attitude required for acting.