Inclusivity Not Exclusivity
Welcome to the fourth Belper Arts Festival with it's blend of art, music, dance, photography, film, literature, theatre, comedy, performance, talks and workshops.
Inbetween the Belper Mayor's Charity Concert (30 April ) and Boleyn (30 May) are a wide array of events.
The Arts Trail ( 1 / 2 May) is bigger than ever with over 100 artists in a variety of venues across the town. Captain Dan, The Pirate Man, was a children's favourite in 2015 and he returns with his motley crew but with a mutiny on his hands. Three music stages, workshops, food stalls, a juggler, a magician and street entertainment will complement the artists, crafters and makers. The second day will end with the Arts Trail Party in the Memorial Gardens.
Theatre is represented with new work by local writers. Belper Players feature two new plays and Live & Local bring the First World War drama “The Thankful Village” to the Community Theatre at Belper School. The Festival closes with a TUDOR DOUBLE BILL. “Boleyn” covers the last few days in the life of Anne Boleyn. It is supported by “Elizabeth and Mary” a short play that imagines a meeting between Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots.
Music accounts for over one third of the programme that includes folk, jazz, a family concert, prize winning choirs, performers from Britain's Got Talent and a workshop for recorders. “Celebrate Belper : The Concert” features a specially commissioned piece entitled THE BELPER SUITE. Local composer James Oldrini has drawn on his Belper roots to write an exciting, experimental piece that features a string quartet and actress Sheila Kay Sly.
Belper Open Houses is in its sixth year. Local artists open their homes and studios to visitors on 28 / 29 / 30 May. This year a minibus will be available to take you around and give you the chance to visit the homes and studios on the edges of the route.
Amongst the Festival headliners are Stephen Bullock (crime writer), Dave Sturt (bass player with Gong), Dale Divas, from Britain's Got Talent the Kanneh Mason Family, pianist Beate Toyka and Hot House Jazz.
Now kick off your shoes, make a cuppa, sit back and plan your visits to BELPER ARTS FESTIVAL. We're looking forward to seeing you.
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)