Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural Everton Arts Festival, the Village is all set to do it again from Wednesday June 24th until Sunday 28th June!
This year’s Festival gets ahead of itself with an early musical taster on June 6th when popular ukelele based trio, Empty Frets set to strumming a wide variety of songs from Buddy Holly to Paloma Faith at Everton Nurseries. The fun starts at 11.30 outside Camellias Restaurant, (inside the Nurseries) which is also hosting a display of local art from that date onwards. There’ll be an opportunity to pick up a Festival Programme and buy a Raffle Ticket too.
The Festival fun takes off in earnest on Wednesday June 24th with a Guided Walk to view the Sculpture Trail at Gordleton Mill.
On Thursday evening, the Everton and Lymore Social Club will be opening their doors wide to host a Writing Workshop run by prize winning novelist Andrew Doig at an informal evening of Storytelling and Selfpublishing. Andrew is an Associate Professor at Solent University, amongst other things he has an MLitt in Creative Writing at Glasgow University, but in Southampton he’s dealing mostly with online educational developmental work. However, being as he’s a professional writer and editor, he still finds time for some freelance writing projects, one of which is to run the ‘Storytelling Nights’ at the Filly Inn outside Brockenhurst.
Story telling is just what it says, an open invitation to anyone to come along, bring their own material and tell their stories. But he’s the first to point out...you don’t have to, it’d be great if you just come along and listen!
Andrew’s novel ‘Wee Davy’ was the winner of the Daily Telegraph Competition ‘Novel in a Year’2007.
On Friday you can polish up your dancing shoes for a 1940’s themed Tea Dance, at which spare dudes will be available! More information can be found on the website, detailed below.
Under the direction of Steve Adams, local musician, The Festival Weekend, 26th to 28th June once again caters for a wide variety of musical tastes. Steve points out that ‘ At various venues around the Village you’ll find Folk, Jazz, Blues, Rock n’ Roll, and Classical concerts. the aim is to offer something for everyone. On Saturday the musical focus is on the Festival Field (Everton’s Recreation Ground) with a great line up from 10.30am through to 5pm.’
Whilst rocking along to the sounds, visitors to the Festival Field can enjoy various attractions such as vintage cars, pottery, woodcarving, wood turning and a variety of craft stalls, a hog roast, wraps, tea and cakes, and there’s ice cream and a wine and beer tent too! The music continues in the evening at the Social Club where all are welcome.
Art and Photography enthusiasts are well catered for, close by on Farmer’s Walk, where not only will there be plenty of exhibitions, but scheduled intimate talks by artists which will be held at various times during the weekend.
The Festival also offers local Poets and Photographers the chance to enter Competitions which will be judged prior to the event. Entries need to be submitted by 6th June.
Thanks to the generosity of Sponsors the Festival can offer, once again, free entry to all events, so look out for a Programme which will be widely available throughout June. Although entry is free to everything, reserving tickets is recommended for some indoor events, to do this or for more information please contact Cheryl Fillmore (Festival Co-ordinator) on 01590 644865.
To find out more, please visit website below:
Everton Village Arts Festival