Dates Unveiled for Mansfield Arts Festival 2013

April 22, 2013 8:20 am

Artists, musicians, singers, dancers, Thespians and entertainers are being invited to come together once again this summer to celebrate the best of Mansfield, when the vibrant Mansfield Arts Festival returns for a second year.

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Mansfield Arts Festival, organised by Mansfield District Council, will take place between 6 July and 21 July. 

A number of events have already been confirmed for the festival including the James Maude Camera Club exhibition and Mansfield Society of Artists’ exhibition at Mansfield Museum. The Arts Festival programme will also feature the closing show of the Palace Theatre’s community production of Brassed Off.

People from across Mansfield District are encouraged to get involved during the fortnight by either holding their own performance or exhibition, or participating in one of the events currently being organised.  If you would like to stage your own event during the fortnight please register at www.mansfield.gov.uk/artsfestival.  The closing date for registering events is Monday 20 May 2013.  Performances and exhibitions can take place in a venue local to you, or the Council may be able to help you find a suitable indoor or outdoor venue. All registered events will be promoted as part of the festival.

The Mansfield Arts Festival was created in 2012 and inspired by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad. The event saw a range of community events from storytelling to acrobatics, big band jazz performances to guided tours of Mansfield town centre. The festival was brought to a close with a series of seven mini plays on five outdoor stages across Mansfield, called Not Much Matches Mansfield by Kevin Fegan.

The Arts Festival forms part of Mansfield District Council’s events calendar, which aims to attract visitors to the town. This year’s programme will also include a series of events in the town centre, which will be delivered in partnership with Mansfield BID. Following a significant reduction in the Council’s events’ budget, the Council has reviewed its annual programme and come to the decision that it is not able to hold the annual Party in the Park event. However, it is hoped that the alternative events and activities will help the Council to still achieve its corporate priorities.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “The Mansfield Arts Festival aims to capture and showcase the variety of artistic talent across the District. Last year’s event was a great success and we are keen to build on this and have as many people involved in the fortnight’s activities as possible. So if you are involved in a local drama group, sing in a choir, perform in a dance troupe or have an artistic talent and would like to showcase your work then please get in touch.

“We’d also like to encourage people to enter into the spirit of the week by holding events with their friends and neighbours. It could be a small musical performance at home or sharing stories of years gone by; the idea is just to have fun!”

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