The first week of Kidderminster Arts Festival has flown by and crowds have been spoilt with fantastic performances and workshops.
Kidderminster Town Centre was bursting with residents and visitors on Saturday (8 August), who enjoyed a variety of street performances in the sunshine. Dizzy O’Dare took audiences on incredible adventures to strange new lands in his steampunk caravan.
L_ve Hangman tested our spelling skills with their life-sized version of the classic hangman game. The town was also a wash with people fashioning silly moustaches and goatee beards as the Mobile Barber Shop from Clik Clik Collective amused passers by with humorous hand drawn facial hair.
Sealegs Puppet Theatre retold ‘The Ugly Duckling’ story with beautiful puppets. The swans from the classic tale also walked down Vicar Street to greet passers by.
The High Street saw the magical story tellers Highly Sprung present ‘The Travelling Treasury’ that invited audiences to step inside the pages of a book, and watch stories unfold before their eyes.
St. George’s Park saw another successful KidFest. The Friends of St. Georges Park joined forces with KAF for the third year running to provide a day of free family entertainment. Workshops, shows and activities kept all the little folk entertained and inspired whilst parents explored St. George’s Church and browsed around the Craft Fair.
Councillor Sally Chambers, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, Well-being and Housing said:
“The Town Centre has been full of performances, live music and artistic creations during the past week. The installation of origami birds on the Vicar Street is just something else – they’re definitely worth a visit! There’s still plenty in store for this year’s festival including the Worcester Street Fringe Festival and the 3 Billy Pigs at the Town Hall. Tickets can be purchased online at www.wyreforestdcgov.uk/bookings or from Kidderminster Town Hall.”
During the final weekend of KAF (Friday 21 August) Kidderminster Town Hall will present a night of live mind blowing magic from mentalist and psychic entertainer, Jay Adkins as well as one of the UK’s top comedy magicians, Eugene Matthias. Tickets are available to buy online or direct from Kidderminster Town Hall.
Worcester Street Fringe Festival (Friday 21 – Sunday 23 August) will see a jam packed weekend of music and art, with local bands, musicians, Mouth and Music poetry.
New Road Car Park is set to be transformed into a drive in Cinema on Friday 21 - Saturday 22 August. Full Beam Drive in Cinema will be showing four films over the two nights. Woody Allen’s legendary ‘Annie Hall’ will be shown followed by The Coen Brothers classic crime comedy ‘The Big Lebowski’. See the classic cultural phenomenon Dirty Dancing or Night of the Living Dead on Saturday. Tickets available on the night or pick them up from Kidderminster Town Hall to ensure you get in.
The final Saturday of the festival is set to be a busy one. Outside the Town Hall Being Frank Theatre Company present The Mischievous Men, a show revolving around two ordinary road workers who make trouble and entertain in equal measure as well as Charlie O’Tanney – The Brooklyn Healer in his car parked outside the Town Hall.
Noisy Oyster present 3 Billy Pigs, blending classic fairy tales The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff with beautifully crafted puppets, light hearted story telling, live music in a pig style. The show will start at 1pm for one hour at St Georges Church, Radford Avenue. Tickets cost £4 each or £14 for a family ticket in advance or £5 on the door.
The Art of Tattoo will be continuing the festival theme of Transformation, hosting an array of talented tattoo artists, performers, exhibiting artwork, stalls and our archive of tattoos which began in 2008. Don’t forget to book your appointments for tattoos in advance by contacting the tattoo artists directly, check out our website for more details. This event will take place at Kidderminster Town Hall from 10.30am – 8pm and tickets can be purchased for £3 on the door. Please note this event is for over 18’s only.
More information can be found on the KAF website at www.kidderminsterartsfestival.org.uk.