Alfreton has its own Ofton Festival

A huge artistic installation will be showcased at St Martin’s Church in Alfreton as part of the second Ofton Festival in the town.

Murmuration has been co-produced by Derbyshire sculptor Rachel Carter with the pupils of Newton Primary School as well as other members of the community and will comprise of almost 1,000 paper corn dolly weaves which when hung in the church will rustle like hundreds of tiny birds.

Ofton Festival will take place across Alfreton on September 28 and 29. It will include immersive mixed-media artistic installations, fun workshops and street activity which will all be free to attend and take part in, as it has been given grant funding to directly benefit residents in and around Alfreton. 

It is called Ofton as that is what local people fondly call the town.

A team of artists, including Rachel have been working with children in schools, nurseries and community settings to co-create the headline pieces. 

The festival is being championed by Blackwell-based creative organisation Platform Thirty1 which secured the funding.

Director Jodie Cresswell-Waring said: “We were delighted to gain this grant from the Arts Council, but equally heartened by the amount of support and contribution our partners have collectively resourced to make this festival a possibility.

“As a local resident I know the area has many strengths. We’re especially proud to be working with some outstanding local talent for the festival and it’s great for these talents to have the opportunity to work with local people and importantly to showcase their skills and creations in our good old town ‘Ofton’.

Go to the festival’s facebook page (oftonfestival) for updates. 

The organisations are looking for volunteers to help at the event email for more details.