Get set for Mansfield Arts Festival

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Photography, poetry, script writing, theatre, jazz and bluegrass, singing, battle of the bands, bell ringing, acrobatics and an Italian food market are just some of the things which will feature in the Mansfield Arts Festival, set to take place between 7th and 15th July.

A programme detailing all of the events taking place during the festival is now available from schools and colleges, doctors, dentists, libraries, SureStart, community centres, supermarkets, Mansfield District Council buildings and children’s play centres across the District. It is also available online at www.mansfield.gov.uk/artsfestival

Packed with activities, exhibitions, performance, art and music, the nine-day programme promises to be fun, educational and inspiring with something for everyone.

Inspired by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Festival sees Mansfield District Council, including its Palace Theatre and Museum, Mansfield Library, The Old Library, Vision West Notts, schools and community groups come together to create an exciting programme of activities and events for everyone across the district to get involved in. The Festival aims to celebrate the best of Mansfield through a range of performances, music and art.

The Palace Theatre is contributing to the overall Festival with a play in parts called Not Much Matches Mansfield by Kevin Fegan, which is part-funded by an Arts Council / National Lottery grant and local businesses and community sponsorship.

In a fun, free, entertaining and engaging way, different themes are presented in the parts that will make you chuckle. Each segment lasts about 20 minutes and will be performed at various venues in the town centre on Saturday 14 July and Sunday 15th July. For more information on the performance areas, play summaries and times, visit www.mansfield.gov.uk/palacetheatre/pdf/NMMM_Leaflet.pdf

Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, Coun Kate Allsop said: “The Mansfield Arts Festival offers a taste of Mansfield’s cultural life and there really is something here for everyone to see or get involved in. It is a great opportunity for people to share in the artistic talents of their community.”

It is hoped the Mansfield Arts Festival will become an annual tradition for the District Council.