Arts festival fun lined up

Ken Ewer with CJ Smith promoting Daventry Arts Festival
Ken Ewer with CJ Smith promoting Daventry Arts Festival

The organisers behind this year’s Daventry Arts Festival have pledged it will be the biggest and best yet with several acts already confirmed.

The event, now in its fourth year, will showcase Daventry’s talent at venues across the district from July 5 to 20.

Daventry and District Housing (DDH), which is organising the event, is also teaming up with local groups including Khameleon Kompany and Kate Fisher Dance Academy.

Confirmed activities include Strictly Daventry, which will see familiar faces go head-to-head in a dancing competition to raise funds for charity.

There will also be a Summer Samba event which is organised by DDH’s Youth Board in partnership with the Phoenix Centre and takes place on the New Street Recreation Ground.

Some of the other acts and activities that have already been booked include Toddle­POD sessions, theatre performances, Daventry Brass and an art workshop.

Last year’s festival attracted more than 1,000 people.

This year DDH has taken an organisational lead and will again work with a host of local organisations to stage two weeks packed with everything from dancing shows and live music to food tasting and free exercise sessions.

In the build up to this year’s festival DDH will also be running a photography competition, themed around what makes Daventry special, and the winning shots will be displayed during the festival.

Sarah Sims, community development officer at DDH, said: “We are determined to make this our most successful event yet and we already have some fantastic groups lined up to take part.

“There is a lot of talent in Daventry and this event is about showcasing all of that and giving local people the chance to enjoy it.

“We look forward to welcoming people to our launch event at Daventry Leisure Centre on July 5. The centre has kindly donated the venue and many of its facilities for free, which will help make it a memorable start to the festival.”

People are asked to get in touch if you are a local knitter, sewer, photographer, musician, crafter, dancer, roller skater or gymnast.

For more information contact the community development team on 0300 456 2531 or via email at