Small is Beautiful at New Mills

Small is Beautiful is the theme of this year’s New Mills Festival as due to a lack of volunteers the organisers have had to shelve plans for the annual Lantern Procession and Street Party.

They hope that the two big events will be back next year and have renamed the 2018 event New Mills Festival Fringe.

It will open with a cabaret-style poetry reading in Spring Bank Arts Centre today (September 14) at 7pm, when more than a dozen poets will regale the audience with verse ranging from the poignant and profound to the playful.

Throughout the festival, shop windows across New Mills will display poetry by poets, not just from New Mills but all over the world. Shoppers and passers-by will find musings on nature, illness, joy, travel, the silly, and the sublime. 

Near the end of the festival on September 26, some of the poets featured in the poetry trail will perform their work in round-robin style in Butterfly House at the Torrs in New Mills from 7pm. 

The Blue Rose Code band, fronted by Edinburgh-born Ross Wilson, will bring an eclectic mix of folk, jazz, soul and pop to the festival on September 15 at 7pm at St. George’s Church.

The last Saturday of the festival, September 29, will be the Final Folk Night with performances by Wife of Cain, Gally Canters, Dave Evans Gypsy Jazz Ensemble, and Lazlo Baby at The Torrs. 

The two-week celebration of community spirit will include a diverse range of activities from talks and walks to concerts and comedy.

There will be Morris dancing, Shakespeare in the Park, an artisan Food Fair, apple day, film screenings, quizzes and a bubble fest.

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