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Two weeks of culture as festival hits town

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 19, 2014

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A TOWN will be awash with culture for the next fortnight as part of an annual arts festival.

The ninth Ashby Arts Festival will feature films, music, poetry, drama workshops and art-inspired activities across the town.

Myths and legends is the theme for this year’s festival, which runs until Saturday, May 31.

Geoff Lewis, cultural services team manager at North West Leicestershire District Council, said: “We’re incredibly proud to be part of the partnership that puts on this vibrant event for the benefit of the town businesses and residents.

“Volunteers have worked incredibly hard to deliver a wonderful programme and I encourage everyone to attend some of the activities on offer.”

Art is earmarked to be displayed on buildings, there will be photography exhibitions at The Royal Hotel over the bank holiday weekend and a food and drink fair will be held on the Bath Grounds.

Musical highlights will include performances by Bill Caddick, Ann Duggan, Dr Lenn Jazz and Mellow Baku.

A spokesman for the festival said: “Ashby Arts Festival is a voluntary organisation that promotes all art forms in and around Ashby for the benefit of the town, district, arts professionals, amateur groups and individuals through organising an annual festival.

“It aims to provide a meaningful, educational and enjoyable festival for the benefit of the people of Ashby and the surrounding area.

“It creates a platform of opportunity to help arts professionals run sustainable and viable businesses.

“It aims to be a dynamic festival involving as many groups and individuals as possible.

“It seeks to bring works of high merit to the town to include, visual arts, drama, music and literature.

“It commissions new works – musical, literary or visual – to celebrate the town.”

Programmes and tickets are available from the Ashby Tourist Information Centre by calling 01530 411767.

A full programme and event details can be found online at www.ashbyartsfestival.co.uk

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