Dronfield stages its second arts festival

The second Dronfield Arts Festival will be taking place over the May Bank Holiday.

Several of the hugely successful inaugural festival’s acts will be returning and there will also be some new attractions.

The action is centred around Dronfield Hall Barn but several other venues in the village will also be hosting events. 

The festival, from May 3-6, will include an art exhibition, an amateur photography competition, dancing, music and drama.

The Lantern Parade, light show and firework display was a magical event at last year’s festival and organisers have said that they now plan to stage it every year. 

There will be classical music entertainment from soprano Andrea Ryder and tenor Mark Cunningham as well as a harp and violin recital from Duo Azure, of the Royal Northern College of Music. 

Lah Di Dah, a female vocal harmony group who love all things vintage, will be singing songs from the jazz and swing era – so if you are a fan of Glen Miller, The Andrews Sisters and Vera Lynn you will enjoy their show.

There will also be performances by the Chsterfield Garland Dancers, Scottish country dancers, Maypole dancers and the Dronfield Singers.

Street entertainment will be provided by the likes of  Magic Jon and Dangerous Steve – who will be demonstrating fire and chainsaw juggling, giant unicycle riding, ladder balancing and more.

In The Tent of Mystery  there will be magic for all ages; you will be able to test your skills at stilt-walking, tightrope-walking and juggling with Avago Circus and Okami Jiu Jitsu will be demonstrating traditional Japanese jiu jitsu techniques as well as showing self-defence techniques. 

Also over the weekend, the Peel Centre will be exhibiting artwork from schools, the chosen 20 printed canvases from the Schools Photography Competition and the amateur competition display. 

The library will have a life-size telephone box displaying the books from the winning short stories of the Creative Writing Competition. 

It’s not too late to take part yourself, either as a performer, a volunteer or a sponsor. Simply contact the organisers via the website dronfieldartsfestival.co.uk (where you can also find out more about the festival) or enquire at Dronfield Hall Barn.