Duffield Arts Festival will be bright

Everyone is being encouraged to dress up in their brightest clothes to join the fun at the second Duffield Festival, which has the Beauty of Colour as its theme.

Jonathan Leach, a lover of the arts who came up with the concept and – along with a hard-working team – launched the Duffield Arts Festival in September 2016 said: “Last year, we set out to create something new and unique to Duffield, something that would bring our special community together and celebrate that community.

“I believe we have achieved that.”

The 2017 festival includes competitions for photography and short stories, a scarecrow festival, a dedicated children’s venue, music, dance, storytelling and an array of visual arts.

This year more than 35 artists will display their work. Some will also be holding workshops and four will open their studios to visitors.

There will such a broad range of over 70 activities, from choir workshops with Derby Acapella, to the motivational psychologist and author Andy Cope. There is also a children’s choir especially formed for the festival by singer and composer Neil White and a Music-a-thon with pianist Beate Toyka.

The headlining act on the Saturday evening at Ecclesbourne School will be Leicester’s Americana band Chris Moody and the Underground Kings.

The children’s venue at Duffield Meadows School, will offer a wide range of activities from the Tribal Vibes drumming workshop to drama with the Babbling Vagabonds Storytelling Theatre.

The week of events begins on September 18 with activities every day leading up to the awards evening on September 22 followed by two action-packed days over the weekend of September 23 and 24.

Wristbands, tickets and details of the ticketed events are available online or from Duffield News or Duffield Library.
For more details call 07952675862, email info@duffieldartsfestival.com or visit the website at http://www.duffieldartsfestival.com