More than 150 events have been lined-up for the first-ever Belper Arts Festival. And the News is helping readers keep up with the action with our special online programme of events.
The festival, which takes place throughout May, will feature literature, theatre, art, music, photography, dance and film events taking place at venues across the town.
Comprising Belper Short Plays festival, Belper Open Houses, a new film festival at The Ritz and Belper Short Stories competition, the festival draws together new and existing events from across the spectrum of the town’s arts scene.
It was first announced last June by organiser George Gunby after his plans to stage three short plays for the Queen’s Jubilee snowballed into a month-long festival, watched by more than 3,000 people.
And the arts festival looks set to build on that impetus, with organisers predicting it could help establish an “arts economy”, bringing in visitors and providing a boost for local traders.
Indeed, the Belper Short Play Festival competition showed the festival is already capturing the wider public imagination - after it attracted more than 350 entries from as far afield as Australia, Canada and California.
The proceedings will formally get under way on May 4, when the festival is opened by internationally recognised Belper wildlife artist Linda Wain - whose original work is exhibited in public and private collections throughout the world.
Organiser Mr Gunby said: “The interest has been enormous - let’s hope it will be the first of many arts festivals in the future.
“It’s not just about arty people exhibiting their work - it’s also an attempt to bring people into Belper and establish it further as a destination town.
“Everything is falling into place - now it’s just a question of getting people through the doors.
“I also hope it might help inspire new artists who will exhibit at the festival in the future.”
For more information about the festival and to buy tickets, log-on to www.belperartsfestival.org
May 2 – May 31: Art Exhibition, Number 28, 10am, free. Belper Arts Collaborative presents 25 artists and crafters showcasing the talent available in the area. All items for sale.
May 4 – May 27 Big Belper Sketch Book, Number 28. Come and try your sketching skills on a giant A0 sketchbook. Initially located at Number 28, the sketchbook will be moved around during the festival.
May 4: Youth Market, Market Place & Number 28, 10am, free.
May 4 Dance: Zumbatonic Dance Workshop, Number 28, 3pm, free.
May 4 Dance: Inter Generational Zumba, Number 28, 4pm, free.
May 4 Dance: Tai Chi, Memorial Gardens, 3pm, free.
May 6 Literature: Creative Writing Workshop Part One (Session £5), Number 28, 7pm, course £12.
May 7 Dance: Spiral Dance Company, Memorial Gardens, 2pm – 4pm, free.
May 8 Literature: Talk “Hyenas In Petticoats” Session One (£5), Number 28, 7pm, course £12.
May 8 / 9 / 10 / 11 Theatre: “Someone Who’ll Watch Over Me” (Belper Players) Strutt Room 10, 7.30pm. Price to be confirmed.
May 8 Dance: Mature Movers Workshop, Number 28, 10am, free.
May 9 Dance: Tai Chi, Number 28, 6pm, free.
May 9 Lit Talk: “The Life & Works Of Shakespeare” Session One (£5), Strutt Centre, 7pm, free.
May 10 Dance: Dancefit Workshop, Number 28, 6pm, free.
May 10 Dance: Movement & Meditation, Number 28, 7pm, free.
May 11 Lit: Workshop “Make Your Own Book”, Number 28, 2pm, free.
May 11: Farmers Market & Number 28 Cafe, Market Place & Number 28, 9am.
May 11 Dance: Belly Dancing Workshop, Number 28, 5pm, free.
May 11 Dance: Zumba Gold Class (50+, Ritmo Studio, 2pm, free.
May 11 Dance: Ceilidh, Strutt Centre, 8pm. Price to be confirmed.
May 11 Art: Art In The Park, Memorial Gardens, 10.30am, free. A fun filled day with lots of creative goings on. Artists, craft fair, facepainting, monster sketching, a big canvas, music, refreshments and much more.
May 11 Music: Helix Ensemble & Beate Toyka, St. Peter’s Church, 7.30pm, £12.
May 12 Music: Organ Recital And Cream Tea, St. Peter’s Church, 2.30pm, £7.
May 12 Art: Art Auction, Lion Hotel, 7:30pm, free. Charity Auction of Local Artwork with proceeds going to Alfreton Park Special Needs School and Derbyshire Cancer Drop In Centre.
May 13 Art: Art Workshop - Relief Print Making with Lino, Number 28, morning, £3.
May 13 Art: Art Workshop - Meet Sheila Guyatt, Number 28, afternoon, free.
May 13 Dance: Morris Dancing Workshop, Strutts, 7.30pm, free.
May 13 Literature: Creative Workshop Part Two (Session £5), Number 28, 7:30pm, course £12.
May 13 Dance: Appalachian Night, Strutts Centre, 8pm, free.
May 13 Music: The Art Of Song – Richard Roddis, St. Peter’s Church 7:30pm, £10.
May 14 Art: Workshop Meet The Artists : Ahlfors & Oldknow, Number 28, morning, free.
May 14 Art: Art Workshop : Make Your Own Glass Butterfly, Number 28, afternoon, free.
May 14 Music: Peak Piano Music, St. Peter’s Church, 7.30pm, £7.
May 15 Art: Art Workshop – Illustrating The Mundane, Number 28, morning, pay what you think.
May 15 Art: Art Workshop Mini Scrapbook Making, Number 28, afternoon, £1.50.
May 15 Dance: Maturer Movers Workshop, Number 28, 5pm, free
May 15 Lit Talk : The Power Of Language & The Language Of Power (£5), Number 28, 7pm, course £12
May 16 Music: Pete Castle “The Road Goes On Forever”, Number 28, 8pm, pay what you think. This year Pete celebrates 35 years on the road as a professional singer and storyteller. This landmark is celebrated with an all new concert specially prepared for Belper.
May 16 Art: Creative Roadshow, Number 28, 4.30pm, free.
May 16 Art: Art Workshop Mosaic Wallhanging, Number 28, morning, £2.
May 16 Music: Derventio Brass, St. Peter’s Church, 7.30pm, £10.
May 17 Dance: Movement & Meditation, Number 28, 5pm, free.
May 17 Art: Art Workshop The Cherry Orchard Drop In, Number 28, morning, free.
May 17 Art: Art Workshop Meet Paul Davies, Number 28, afternoon, free.
May 17 Music: Hot House Jazz Band, St. Peter’s Church, 7.30pm, £10.
May 17 Dance: Folk Dances From Eastern Europe, Strutts Centre, 6pm,free.
May 17 Dance: Mature Movers Workshop, Number 28, 6pm, free.
May 17 Theatre: Belper Rep Rehearsals & Workshop, Number 28, 7pm, £2.
May 18 Dance: Belly Dancing Workshop, Number 28, 6pm, free.
May 18 Dance: Burlesque Taster Workshop, Ritmo Studios, 4pm, free.
May 18 Lit: Meet The Author & Book Sale, Strutt Centre, noon, free.
May 18 Dance: Well Heeled Appalachian, outdoors venue to be confirmed, 2.30 – 4.30pm, free.
May 18 Dance: French And Bretton Workshop With Live Band, Venue To Be Confirmed, 2pm – 5pm, pay what you think.
May 18 Lit: A Cream Tea With Jane Austen, Strutts Centre, 2pm, £10.
May 18 Lit: Childrens Storytelling, Strutts Centre, 2pm, £2.
May 18 Lit: Open Mike Poetry, Fresh Ground, 7pm, pay what you think. Come along and enjoy your time behind the microphone reading your poetry.
May 18 Theatre: Slater The Traitor, North Mill, 7.30pm, pay what you think. A portrait of the man who is either a traitor or a saviour, depending which side of the Atlantic you are on.
May 18 Music: Festival of Song Workshop, St Peter’s Church, 2.30pm, £12. The day will kick off with a festival Pop-Up Choir. Open to all, led by choir leaders Beth de Lange and Richard Talaska. No singing experience necessary. The evening concert features the Pop-Up Choir and four of the finest local community choirs, each with their own flavour and style.
May 18 Music: Festival of Song, St Peter’s Church, 7.30pm, £10.
May 20 Lit: Creative Writing Session Three, (£5), Number 28, 7pm, course £12.
May 22 Dance: Mature Movers Workshop, Number 28, 10am, free.
May 22 Lit: Fact Or Fiction The Role Of Memory In Literature, Number 28, 7pm, course £12.
May 22 Theatre & Music : Brel – A Cabaret, Old Kings Head, 7.30pm, pay what you think. One of the most influential songwriters of the last 50 years is celebrated in an evening of movement, speech and music.
May 23 Lit: Meet Matt Black Derbyshire’s Poet Laureate, Strutts Centre, 7pm, £5.
May 23 Lit Talk: Life & Works Of Shakespeare Session Two, £5, Strutts Centre, 7pm, course £8.
May 23 Theatre: Fright Night – Four Short Plays, Number 28, 7.30pm, free. Including: Nothing Personal (Sir Harold Weiss returns home to find a visitor holding a gun), The Woman Who Cooked Her Husband (Sheila Kay Sly is at her finest), Masks (Ellie Ward returns to Belper with her showstopping monologue) and Lost Lonely Unloved.
May 24 Dance: Dancefit Workshop, Number 28, 6pm, free.
May 24 Theatre: Educating Rita, Number 28, 8pm, pay what you think. A modern classic featuring two outstanding young actors.
May 25 Dance: Bokwa Taster, Ritmo Studios, 4pm, free.
May 25 Theatre: (Matinee) Local Heroes, Number 28, 2.30pm, pay what you think. Including: Resolutions (A power cut, New Year’s Eve and two people), Between Hello and Goodbye (Jackie is celebrating her wedding anniversary) Jennet (mystery surrounds her in this monolgue) and Hush Hush (expect the unexpected).
May 25 Theatre: Riot, Number 28, 7.30pm, pay what you think. Winner of the Belper Short Play Festival 2013. Three students return to their flat after a night of rioting and looting - a night that still has many surprises in store.
May 25 Dance: Winster Morris Men, outside Venue To Be Confirmed, free.
May 27 All Sorts: Family Fun Day & Rocknroll Picnic, River Gardens, Noon – 6pm, free.
May 28 Lit: Short Story Performances, Number 28, 7.30pm, free. From the 70 entries for the first Belper Short Story Competition the judges have chosen a selection for reading.
MAY 1 –31 FILM: RITZ CINEMA FILM FESTIVAL
May 5: Cinema Paradiso (15) Drinks Reception, 7pm.
May 11: Hugo (U) Plus Illustrated Talk by Andy Minion, 2.45pm.
May 11: Pitch Perfect (12A) An Evening of Gleeful Stuff, 6pm.
May 12: First Position (U) Blood, Sweat, Tears Aad Joy in a Ballet Competition, 5pm.
May 18: The Illusionist Tati’s Screenplay Brought to Glorious Life, 3.15pm.
May 18: Good Vibrations (15) One Man’s “Punk Music” Mission to Unite Belfast, 8.30pm.
May 19: Coriolanus (15) Ralph Fiennes Vision of Shakespeare’s Classic Tale, 5pm.
May 25: Singin’ In The Rain (U) Plus “Portrait Of Gene Kelly” told by Andy Minion, 3pm.
May 26: Mccullin (15) One of The Great War Photographers Turns his Lens to New Subjects, 5pm.
May 26: Summer In February (15) Gala Advanced Showing, 6.30pm.
MAY 25 / 26 / 27 Art: BELPER OPEN HOUSES, Various, 10Pm – 5Pm, Free. Thirty houses will become galleries across Belper. There will be a wide range of work from stained glass, paintings, textiles, sculptures to handbags and cards. Admission is free and refreshments will be supplied at some venues. www.belperopenhouses.com
1. 21 Knowl Avenue DE56 2TL: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, WC available, Sue Cass, Cards, knitting and textiles.
2. Christchurch, The Triangle, DE56 1BA: Saturday all day/Sunday from 1pm onwards/Monday all day. Dev Devenport – wood turner using indigenous and exotic woods; Anne Devenport – Acrylic, watercolours and mixed media paintings and Teresa Bailey – Whimsical illustrations in watercolour and mixed media
3. Mill Cottage, 7 Long Row, DE56 1DR: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Refreshments and WC available, Abby Hook (jewellery), Paul Thomas (wood craft) and Mark Fox (portraits and sketches).
4. 38 Short Row, DE56 1DJ: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Helen Absalom (flower paintings in oils) and Stuart Absalom (portraits).
5. 2 Lancaster Rise (off Crich Lane), DE56 1HF: Saturday and Sunday only, WC available, Margaret Rose (contemporary portraits, paintings and prints) and Julie Clare (sketches).
6. Poppy’s Cafe, Chapel Street, DE45 1AR: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Sarah Bates (Knitted installation in the window).
7. 43 Chapel Street, DE561AR: Saturday and Sunday only, Steph Walsh (Artwork and children’s face painting).
8. The Cottage Project Chapel Street, DE56 1AR: Sunday and Monday only, Refreshments, and WC available, Belper U3A Arts and Crafts Paintings, pastels, beadwork, felting and peg rugs.
9. 10 Meadow View, DE56 1UT: Saturday, Sunday and Monday,Ross Sallaway (landscapes, cityscapes and portraits).
10. 30 Leighton Way, DE56 1SX: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, refreshments and WC available, Vivienne Elston (patchwork, bunting and uniquely patterned fabrics) and Sally Taylor (cards).
11. 53 Brookside, DE56 1UR: Saturday and Sunday only, Philippa Larkam (mixed media jewellery and knitted home accessories), Jeni Smith (mixed media jewellery)Tan Draig (new work), Sarah Skinner (upholstery and cushions) and Hannah Larkam (contemporary wire animals).
12. The Co-op, Strutt Street, DE56 1UN: Saturday opens 2pm, Sunday and Monday 10.30am to 4pm. Roger Morgan (photography)Lisa Ellen Riley (Gouache paintings) and Shamshad Ali (mixed media art works).
13. Fresh Basil, 23 Strutt Street, DE56 1UN: Saturday and Sunday only, WC available, Display of children’s art.
14. The Studio, Queen Street DE56 1NR: Saturday only. Bakewell & Partners (come in to see architects at work) and Ann Collier (exhibition of lace fans and demonstration of bobbin lace).
15. Fleet Arts, The Fleet, DE56 1NU: Saturday and Sunday only, refreshments and WC available, Studio Arts Group (six artists and makers showing ceramics and visual arts), Derby University students (photographic exhibition on World Heritage Site landscape project), Rod Hawgood (own publications on local themes) and have-a-go at family arts and craft activities. Saturday only – arts and craft stalls.
16. 67 The Fleet, DE56 1NU: Saturday and Sunday only, refreshments and WC available, Wendy Freema (knitted accessories), Andrew Spriggs (illustrations, imaginary maps, landscapes and portraits) and Marie Paurin (landscapes and seascapes).
17. Studio 2, Moss Properties, 65 King St, DE56 1QA: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, refreshments and WC available, Sara Brighty (colourful original abstract paintings).
18. No 28 Market Place, DE56 1FZ: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, WC available, Suzanne Parnell (artist using watercolour, inks and pencil), Kelly Nixon (illustrator and mixed media) and Liz Tatam (ceramics).
19. 8 Market Place, The Courtyard, DE56 1FZ: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jo Cuffley (stained glass workshop).
20. Oakholme Lodge, 9 Church St, DE56 1EZ: Saturday and Sunday only, refreshments and WC available, Patsy Kell (paintings and sculpture).
21. 27 Spencer Road, DE56 1JY: Saturday and Sunday only, Beresford Pick (pottery and ceramics) and Clare Wadey (beads).
22. 61 Spencer Road, DE56 1JW:Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Jayne Nemeth (Scouse Ink and acrylics).
23. 33 Stanton Avenue, DE56 1EE: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, refreshments.and WC available, Jo Stevens (home and fabric handicrafts, handmade paper, decorated cakes and more), Karen Williams (faeries) and Sarah Bates (knitting and weaving).
24. 176 John O’ Gaunt’s Way, DE56 0DG: Saturday and Sunday only, Ann Pocklington (mixed media textiles and cards).
25. 128 Kilbourne Road, DE56 1SA: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Abigail Sawyer (oil paintings, mosaic art and murals) and Wendy Haynes (painting, knitting and crafts).
26. 51 Over Lane, DE56 0HW: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, refreshments and WC available, Sheila Guyatt (wall hangings, driftwood paintings, prints and cards), Knave Studios (sculpture and cards), Frankie Langhorne (jewellery cards and prints), Kirsty Williams (handbags and textiles), Heidi Robinson (cards, framed and unframed photographs) and Paula Hodgkinson (handbags).
27. 93 Sandbed Lane, DE56 0SJ: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, refreshments, home baking and WC available, Barbara Goodall (‘The Story of My Garden’, garden design and aromatherapy), Karen Williams (faeries) and Alison Pain (handbags).
Saturday and Monday only, drop-in workshops (complete a small textile project such as a fabric gift bag, padded coat hanger or box; nominal charge for materials).
Sunday only, Two hour workshop at 10.30am – make a purse, naturally dyed with locally-collected plant materials, cost £2.50 per person, only five places – booking by May 11 required on 01773 827485.
28. 47 Jubilee Court, DE56 1NN: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, refreshments and WC available, Chris Hirst (watercolours).
29. 51 Mill Lane, DE56 1LG: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, Ali Clark (patchwork quilts), Deb Allitt (paintings and cards) and Ola Wilson (installation).
30. 8a Chesterfield Road, DE56 1FD: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, WC available, Helen Jones (horse hair hitching and pet portraits).