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Creative Community Triumph at 2017 Daventry Arts Festival.

Posted: Tue, 04 Jul 2017 15:46 by Daventry Town Council

Creative Community Triumph at 2017 Daventry Arts Festival.

The Daventry Arts Festival was back for 2017 and this year was bigger and better than ever, with over 50 events, competitions and exhibitions taking place within the town. The two-week festival encompassed a range of exciting art disciplines and activities for all ages.

The festival kicked off with the Daventry Weekender, a two-day music extravaganza which took place in five venues across Daventry; Early Doors, Community Stage, The Sheaf Street Health Store, Saracens Head and The Dun Cow. Local artist Michael Piper added some colour to Foundry Walk with his incredible 3D street art, and Daventry's most famous dog Biff the Boxer from the John Lewis advert, met his adoring fans throughout the day. Passers-by could soak up the sun and relax in the new Daventry Town Council giant deckchair with the best photo from the arts festival winning a prize.

Throughout the arts festival period a variety of local art groups and societies displayed their work at numerous venues across the town. The Mercure Hotel displayed work from Michael Piper, Lenny Ball, DSLV and the Grange School, whilst the Daventry Library displayed work from the Grid Studios and all entrants and winners of the Daventry Photographic Society competition. The Daventry Museum, currently displaying their Transport Exhibition, showcased work from local scenic artist Alison Drane and art from the Daventry Art Group.

The remainder of week one of the festival encompassed a variety of free events open to all ages and abilities. Including astronomy, free sessions at the library, exhibitions, guided walks, summer solstice celebrations, poetry, singing workshops and bell ringing.

The second weekend was crowned by the Daventry Showcase with performances from the Khameleon Kompany and DSLV Drama, alongside art from the Middlemore Art Project and First for Wellbeing's Daventry Family Tree. The Daventry Players also took to the community stage in Sheaf Street, to perform a preview of their new show Once Upon a Dream. Whilst throughout the town art demonstrations by Michael Piper and workshops in poetry by Maggie Evans, and singing from the JuditSingers were hosted.

Week two focussed on workshops and exploring the rich history in Daventry. The U3A hosted an open photography meeting to display their recent works and talk to people about their regular meetings. A guided walk, led by local resident and councillor Mike Arnold, provided an insightful view into Daventry Towns rich history and delved into some of the fascinating facts about Daventry. The new Northampton College, Daventry Campus held a variety of free art workshops, open to the public including printmaking, photography, drawing and painting still life, batik and ceramics. With local organisation Screen Northants delivering insightful workshops about the film industry from director Becky Adams and discuss more about public opportunities for their upcoming film Macbeth.

The final weekend of the festival celebrated writing, music, dance and film with three major events being hosted in the town. Multi-million selling author Sue Bentley, famous for her Magic Kitten books, came to read her stories to children at the Daventry Museum as well as discussing her new young adult book 'We Other'. Whilst in the evening Strictly Daventry bought the sparkle and magic of dancing to Daventry with a thrilling competition. At the same time, a musical spectacular by the Daventry Choral Society and the Daventry Brass Band, wowed audiences in celebration of the Last Night of the Proms.

Finally the thrill of the cinema came to Daventry once again with a magical showing of Disney's new Beauty and the Beast at the Saxon Suite before the major DVD and Blu-Ray release.

Thank you to all who hosted or took part in an event and to those who continue to support the Arts Festival.

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