Belper arts festival set to kick off

Ian McMillan and Luke Carvere Goss.
Ian McMillan and Luke Carvere Goss.

The fifth Belper Arts Festival with its blend of art, music, theatre, dance, photography, film, literature, comedy, performance, talks and workshops is set to kick off.

There’s a wide range of events packed in between DIVA (April 29) and Belper Open Houses (27/28/29 May).

The highlights include a performance by the poet and broadcaster Ian McMillan. Accompanied by musician Luke Carver Goss, you can expect an evening of world class performance poetry, humour and music.

Speaking of world class, opera babe Karen England will appear with the Dalesmen and A’choired Taste for a Last Night Of The Proms. The annual family concert features the return of the Younger Kanneh Masons who will precede the Isata Kanneh Mason piano recital.

Amongst the other concerts at St Peter’s Church is a performance of Mozart’s Requiem by Derwent Singers, organist Tom Corfield and Music For Springtime featuring Lucy Philips and Beate Toyka and a concert featuring lute and voice with Esperance Duo.

You don’t have to venture outside Belper to find world class talent. Musician Dave Sturt returns from a tour of South America with prog rock band Gong to showcase music from his Dreams and Absurdities album at Number 28.

Dave will also be playing live during the Past Lives: Belper On Film presentation.

The film is created from amateur footage and from the 1950s to the 1980s given by local residents and is accompanied by a live music soundtrack.

The enchanting Woollen Woods returns. The Parks Woods will once again be packed with knitted, crocheted and felted animals. During May, the woods are full of bluebells, both natural and knitted.

The area can be accessed from the Coppice Car Park, the Fleet and Mill Lane.

This year’s event also features storyteller Lauren Kinnersley at Number 28 on May 13.

Belper Arts Festivalbrochures are available from venues around the town including the North Mill, the library, the Ritz Cinema, Strutt Community Centre, St Peter’s Church and Number 28.

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