Inspiring art for all in Chesterfield

Twisted%20Roller%20VixensIMG_0207Artists from across north Derbyshire will converge on Chesterfield next month for a new community arts festival.

The five-day event features a wide range of performing and visual arts with something suitable for all ages.

The event kicks off on Thursday, May 2, with a lunchtime organ recital in the Crooked Spire at 12.15pm and a 60s market in the Market Place from 10am-4pm.

Also on Thursday, at 7pm, a concert by the Orchestra Age of Enlightenment will be staged in the Winding Wheel ballroom.

On May 3 Chesterfield Folk Club will present a folk concert from 7pm in Chesterfield Library.  The event features local musicians the Coachmen, Haywood and Newman, John Prentice and Jill Drury, Abbie Rechert and the Backyard Buskers.

The same evening  White Cubes, an easy listening lounge-style band featuring guitar, keyboard and sax will perform from 8pm in the Pomegranate Theatre bar.

An arts market with 50 stalls featuring everything from paintings, pottery, jewellery and gifts from local craft makers will be staged in the auditorium of the Winding Wheel on Saturday and Sunday May 4 and 5 from 10am-4pm both days.

The weekend will also feature performances of The Candy Girls: Tales from Trebor in the Pomegranate Theatre from  6.30pm. The play is the story of Trebor factory workers brought to life by the Pomegranate Playwrights and performed by the Pomegranate Youth Theatre with original music.

There will be backstage tours of the theatre at noon on Sunday, May 5, with a poetry workshop and open mic from 10.45am in the bar.

A free dance and musical theatre showcase will also be held in the Winding Wheel ballroom  from 2pm-4pm on Sunday and it will feature Derbyshire’s new Youth Dance Company, Directions and the Asian Association.

A drama mini festival featuring local groups, including the Pomegranate Youth Theatre is the highlight for Monday from 2-4pm

Guided tours and trips up the Crooked Spire take place each day at 11am and 2pm and all day on Monday, cost £3.50 for adults, £1.50 for children.  Booking for this event is essential.

n There are many more events in the event organised by Chesterfield Borough Council. Find out more at chesterfieldfestival.co.uk