Gearing up for arts festival

Daventry Arts Festival is to be launched on Saturday.

The festival lasts for a fortnight and has been set up by Daventry and District Housing (DDH) with help from other organisations. It is due to finish on Sunday, July 20.

The festival features more than 40 arts and craft activities including a mixture of music, dance, theatre and exhibitions showcasing local talent.

Many of the events are completely free of charge, including a jam-packed launch event taking place at Daventry Leisure Centre from 12.30pm on Saturday.

Jam-packed with different activities, the launch will feature demonstrations and taster sessions of dance, acting and Taekwondo, including sessions run by Khameleon Kompany, Daventry Tigers and Active Dance for children and adults, and a performance from the Jodie Berry Performers Academy.

Other activities include theatre, martial arts, bell ringing, toddler sessions – featuring a YouthPod demonstration - and interactive taster, crafts and painting. Visitors will also have the opportunity to write songs in a studio with Amy Clayton, take part in other craft activities and even have their face painted.

During the launch, live music will be provided by One More Night, Ben and Rebekah, and talented young people from the Phoenix Youth Centre, while Everyone Active have provided free swimming and Play World facilities for everybody that attends.

Sarah Sims, community development officer at DDH, said: “The launch event is the perfect curtain raiser for the festival as it will showcase many talented individuals and organisations and also give local people the chance to try a variety of different activities.

“Visitors will also be able to pick up a programme filled with details of the events and activities taking place during the two-week festival. It’s fantastic that Everyone Active have provided free swimming and Play World facilities. It will contribute to making the launch event a great value day out for all of the family.”

Other highlights include the return of the Strictly Daventry ballroom dancing competition run by Kate Fisher Dance Academy and a performance by Heartless Prince Production.

For further information about the arts festival visit