Kidderminster Arts Festival (KAF) finished with a bang this weekend (Sunday 24 August)with plenty of arts on show.
KAF has been running for the past two weeks with music, dance, exhibitions, plenty of workshops, graffiti art and street theatre.
Despite the rain showers, the last weekend saw the streets come to life with shows from Acrojou, Rimski’s Piano and Dancefest and the Trench Choir. Inside the Town Hall was the Chapel of Victories and the Peace Cafe which dished out free curry and promoted peace organisations. The festival was rounded off with the Fundraiser Cabaret band ReUnited (now called Soul in Motion) at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club.
KAF is organised by Wyre Forest District Council. Loz Samuels, Arts and Play Development Officer said:
‘We have had fantastic support from our partners and we would like to thank them for being part of the event. There was a very successful Kids Fest held at St Georges Park, music and dance pieces at Kidderminster College and amazing street art with Above Boards at the Boars Head and a packed outdoor stage on Saturday night. We would also like to thank the Harriers for letting us use the venue for the fundraiser cabaret event and Mike and Rita Pugh who organised it. The concert brought in funds which will be put towards next year’s festival. Visitors to the festival have also been very generous with donations which will help make KAF bigger and better next year.’
Anyone wishing to make a donation to next year’s festival can visit www.gofundme.com/kidderminsterartsfestival.
As part of KAF a new volunteer scheme was launched too. It is called Culture Shapers and is a consortium of organisations looking to improve access to volunteers by creating a central pool of people who can work for partner organisations in the town. Anyone who would like to volunteer can email Loz Samuels as the scheme will continue to recruit throughout the year.
KAF featured in the media with articles in the local papers and appearances on local radio and television all boosting Kidderminster’s profile in the Wyre Forest, Worcestershire and the West Midlands. There was a tremendous reaction to the street art in the town centre which was featured on BBC Midlands Today in a piece on the Regeneration of Kidderminster.
The Chapel of Victories has been resident in the Town Hall for the duration of the festival, and has attracted visitors from across the district and beyond to see the unique tribute to local people. Elements of the Chapel are still available to purchase. Anyone interested in buying one can contact Loz Samuels.
“Of course no sooner than we have cleared up after this year’s festival we are thinking about the next, so if anyone would like to be involved please get in touch now. We want to have as many local artists involved as possible so don’t delay.”
KAF 15 will be from Saturday 8 August – Saturday 22 August 2015.