Melbourne Festival of Creative and Performing Arts 2013
ANOTHER SUCCESSFUL MELBOURNE FESTIVAL
The boards are stored away, the balloons and bunting taken down and another Melbourne Festival is over, Melbourne suddenly feels very quiet! I think we can count it another success judging by the cheerful people wandering around and the positive feedback from visitors to the Trail.
This year over seventy local residents, businesses and churches welcomed Artists and the public in. This year 110 Artists exhibited on the Art & Architecture Trail and feedback suggests that many had a very successful weekend! The artists included a mix of artists who have exhibited before and over twenty new artists including Carole Baker in Penn Lane, Alison D’Oyley in Derby Road, potter Alan Birchall and artist Paul Johnstone exhibiting alongside Festival regular Steve McLoughlin at the old bank in High Street.
Over the years the Art & Architecture Trail has developed to include much more than the artists. This year visitors were well catered for with lots of local people serving teas in church halls and back garden. Each year this raises thousands of pounds for local charities, we also had fantastic food at the Senior Citizen Centre and the Food Festival at Castle House with everything from Tollgate Brewery to Bittersweet Chocolates.
Music on the trail has really taken off – this year we had three “Busk Stops” where local bands performed each afternoon to enthusiastic audiences at the Food Festival, Senior Citizen Centre and Assembly Rooms. This year the Festival team hit on a winning formula at the Assembly Rooms with the Busk Stop outside, Art Cafe and Open Art Exhibition inside along with the final readings by Festival poets on Saturday and the presentation of the prizes for the Creative Writing Awards won by Rhiannon Jenkins Tsang. On Sunday the Open Art Exhibition closed with David Smith of The National Forest Spring Water Company Presenting the Open Art Exhibition Award to Duncan Pass for a stunning woodcut of greyhounds.
There is more to Melbourne Festival than the Art & Architecture Trail. The concert programme has successfully delivered a varied again this year starting with home grown talent A Choir’d Taste – a group which developed out of the Melbourne Festival “Come & Sing” workshops – and continuing through theatre, comedy, opera and folk to end with Chamber Music at Calke Abbey.
Just when they should be taking a well earned rest the Festival Team are about to start organising their next event, The Great Xmas Art Sale on 15th, 16th & 17th November the perfect chance to buy some unique for Christmas presents or an early present for yourself.
A number of popular Festival Artists are signed up to take part so look out for posters and more details in Novembers Village Voice or call the Festival Office on 07765 819428 or www.melbournefestival.co.uk We look forward to seeing you!
We will keep you up to date with our plans as they progress, so keep checking out this website and the Melbourne Festival Facebook page or follo