Arts in Daventry park proves great success

Summer Samba, Daventry
Summer Samba, Daventry

More than 600 people enjoyed a free afternoon of live music and an art exhibition as part of Daventry Arts Festival.

The Summer Samba featured performances from local bands and DJs, including Tony Shaw, Leto Dietrich, DJ X, J Script, Breaking Point and SO77.

Organised by the Daventry & District Housing (DDH) Youth Board in partnership with the Phoenix Youth Centre, the Summer Samba took place at the New Street Rec in Daventry and also featured football and rugby activities led by Sports Leaders from Daventry Leisure Centre.

The stage for the day was provided by local company Juice Sound and Light who worked alongside the DDH Youth Board members who are aged between 12and 17 years and gave them tips on stage management.

Four local artists Nina Cashmore, Mandy Moser, Heather Hindle and Sharon Fretter, as well as student Lewis Darley, kept the public entertained by showcasing their painting and drawing talents.

The work of Nina Cashmore is currently being exhibited at Daventry Library as part of the three-week long Daventry Arts Festival.

Cllr Wendy Randall, Mayor of Daventry, said: “It’s fantastic to see the youth of the town getting involved in the organisation of these two events.

“The good weather contributed to making the Summer Samba event a huge success and it was great to see people of all ages coming together.

“Arts in Park showcased the amazing artists the town has to offer and I’m really looking forward to this event returning next year.”