Inclusivity Not Exclusivity
It's over for another year and the general opinion seems to be that it was the best Belper Arts Festival yet.
It began with a sensational Arts Trail and ended with Belper Open Houses and a Tudor Double Bill of drama.
In between you could be involved in theatre, film, installations, art, comedy, workshops, photography, music and dance.
You could see and hear the BBC Young Musician of the Year, Shaku Kanneh-Mason and his siblings.
You could attend a free concert to support Belper Food Bank. Thank you to Eastwood Male Voice Choir who gave their fee to the collection. You could hear a newly commissioned piece of music by James Oldrini entitled The Belper Suite during a concert to Celebrate Belper. You could see over 100 artists in almost fifty venues during an Arts Trail that included live music, workshops, exhibitions and Captain Dan and his band of pirates.
You could see new plays produced by the inventive and imaginative Belper Players.
The Film School, at Belper School, produced two outstanding short films made by the students.
Hundreds were enchanted by "Woollen Woods".
Concerts included Dave Sturt / Alex Wilson, Essentially Brass, Dale Diva, Beate Toyka, Belper Musical Theatre, Sue McFarlane and Hot House Jazz.
And there was much more.
None of the above would have been possible without the help of our sponsors and advertisers. Thank you all.
Belper Arts Festival 2017 will be the fifth. For the first time, this early, we have been approached by groups / performers wanting to take part. Already eight events are scheduled including a new project entitled WORDS.
More details will unfold as this year moves on. One event scheduled is the second in the Tudor Trilogy. Following "Boleyn" will be "Bloody Mary". (By the way, if you missed "Boleyn" you can see it at the Town Hall, Melbourne on 24 September as part of Melbourne Festival).
Here's looking forward to a spectacular and successful Belper Arts Festival 2017.
Nansy Ferrett (Artist)
Albert Pickersgill (Wood Turner)
Angela Thompson (Glass Artist)
Anne Clark (Woollen Woods)
John Hermanson (Potter)
Andy Mayers (Artist)
Tony Fisher (Photography)
Ellie Ward (Actor) Image courtesy of JGW Photography
Music "Daytime Playtime" James Oldrini
Louis Vella (Film & Direction)