A MAJOR arts and craft event will be the first to take advantage of Burton’s new outdoor market at the weekend.
The controversial market stalls in Station Street will undergo a trial run between 10am and 4pm on Saturday with a craft fair and artisan market.
The idea is part of the PINT Contemporary Arts Festival, which is running until the end of the month, and will be a chance to see how the new set up works.
Festival founder, Burton artist Alistair Kennedy, told the Mail: “Everyone is quite excited actually and to be the first event as part of the new outdoor market is a great honour.
“East Staffordshire Borough Council was quite keen on the idea and we timed it just right with the date we wanted to run the event.
“We will be acting as guinea pigs, to see how everything goes, and we are all expecting it to go very well.
“There will be 28 stalls in total with a wide range of products including handmade jewellery, crafts and even homemade chutney.
“We are working with experienced craft fair stallholders who have been doing this a long time.
“It will be the largest craft event ever held in the town centre and with it being on a Saturday, we expect it to be very busy.
“To be the first people to use the new set up is great and hopefully the event will be great. It is a very big occasion for everybody involved.”
Other schemes featuring as part of the PINT festival include a giant beer mat sculpture at the Brewhouse which now features 50,000 beer mats — half way to the expected final total of 100,000 — and a mammoth display of origami swans which people have downloaded from the festival website, printed off and assembled.
There is also an ongoing exhibition of a wide range of works at 107 Station Street, The National Brewery Centre and Burton Library.
More details are available on the festival website at www.pintartsfestival.co.uk