Daventry Arts Festival line up revealed

Summer Samba at Daventry Arts Festival
Summer Samba at Daventry Arts Festival

The final line-up for this summer’s Daventry Arts Festival has been announced and features with more than 50 arts and craft-themed performances, workshops and exhibitions.

Taking place between Saturday July 4 and Sunday July 26, the fifth annual festival. It will showcase a mixture of music, dance, art, theatre and exhibitions at locations right across the Daventry district.

The festival, which is organised by Daventry & District Housing (DDH) in partnership with a range of local organisations, including Daventry District Council and Daventry Town Council.

The festival will also feature many free events, including the Summer Samba live music and Art in the Park events held on New Street Recreation Ground. The event has been organised by the DDH Youth Board and supported by the Phoenix Youth Centre in Ashby Road.

There are plenty of stand out events for the 2015 festival including an exhibition from Daventry artist Nina Cashmore. There is also a writing workshop from Weedon based author Judith Allnatt, who’s most recent novel The Silk Factory was published in May.

The innovative Emergency Poets will be providing a poetic health consultation inside a 1970s ambulance.

There is also to be a cultural Question Time panel organised by local Councillor Abigail Campbell that will feature among others the MP for Daventry Chris Heaton-Harris.

Speaking about the festival artist Nina Cashmore said: “The Arts Festival is a great opportunity for Daventrians with specific abilities to come together to showcase their achievements.

“It is amazing how much talent there is out there and it’s good to see this event growing year on year and people enjoying the various different workshops and competitions that are on offer.

“During my exhibition at the library I will display sketches and photos alongside my pictures, giving an insight into how they were created.

“Postcards of my Daventry paintings will also be available around the town to raise money for Danetre Hospital.”

Sarah Sims, the community development officer at DDH, said: “This is the most diverse and comprehensive line-up the Daventry Arts Festival has ever had.

“Thanks to extra funding provided by Daventry Town Council, Daventry District Council and the Northamptonshire Community Foundation we have been able to add a wider range of activities and workshops to the programme.

“From live music and exhibitions by local artists to a practical workshops and dancing competitions, this year’s Festival is filled with a huge range of local variety, entertainment and talent.”