New Mills Festival round-up

Around The World is the theme of this year’s New Mills Festival and highlights include a Persian feast, the globe-trotting adventures of broadcaster Andy Kershaw and a multi-cultural concert by the Resonance Band.

The launch of the Art Trail on September 8 will feature a performance and film by artist Chris Dobrowolski entitled All Roads Lead to Rome bringing together car mechanics, a road trip, dictators and the fetishisation of possessions.

The trail, which is an important part of the festival each year, sees the town transformed into a gallery as more than 70 businesses host artists’ work.

Highlights include work by John Hyatt, artist, musician, punk professor and one third of the infamous 1980s post-punk band, The Three Johns. Hyatt will be displaying two large-scale paintings, entitled War and Peace.

There will be opportunities to take part too, including a drawing installation that will be inspired by the heritage of New Mills and led by Macclesfield-based artist Simon Woolham.

The Pinhole Studio, a narrowboat equipped with all things photographic will be hosting workshops so you can have a go at creating your own photogram.

And Drink and Draw will once again be inviting you to sketch the action unfolding in a new storyline created by artist Andrea Joseph.

The Art Trail will conclude with a Big Weekend, timed to coincide with the spectacular Lantern Procession on September 23.

As well as the art work on display in the trail, the Big Weekend will see more than 150 artists and venues across the town open their doors to host pop-up exhibitions, open studios, workshops, demonstrations, and arts and crafts markets. New this year will be an exhibition by Bolton based artist group neo:artists.

The trail’s co-ordinator, Alison Vasey, said: “We are so excited about this year’s trail, which is bigger and better than ever. Whether you want to buy a unique piece of art for your home, or be inspired to get creative yourself, there’ll certainly be something for you here.”

The Andy Kershaw evening  on September 16 is a festival fundraiser and tickets cost £10. As well as telling tales about his life, which includes a spell as Billy Bragg’s roadie, and being banned from Malawi, he will also be signing his book No Off Switch.

The closing event, also a fundraiser, with tickets at £13 in advance, will be a foot-stomping performance by  gypsy folk rockers Holy Moly and The Crackers.

n Full details can be found at newmillsfestival.co.uk