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Kidderminster Arts Festival ended on a high with audiences eagerly visiting the town centre to see what was on offer.

The Art of Tattoo event proved hugely popular and Tattoo artists from across the region worked hard despite the soaring temperatures.

The street theatre was a hit with passers by who could witness the healing skills of Charlie O’Tanney the Brooklyn Healer. He had a steady stream of fascinated visitors in his automobile located outside the Town Hall.

Workman from the Being Frank Physical Theatre Company encouraged audience members to dance in the street and Above Boards filled the town centre with fantastic new artwork created by a team of urban artists. This was all before the torrential down pour which had hundreds of audience members seeking shelter at the Fringe Festival on Worcester Street.

Being Frank (1)The Full Beam Drive in Cinema entertained car loads of happy movie goers whilst Zombies entered the car park entertaining guests.

Loz Samuels, Wyre Forest District Council’s Art and Play Development Officer said:

“The festival has been a great success this year. Don’t forget the Luminous Birds will remain on Vicar Street until the 6 September and the exhibition of images used to decorate the Comberton Hill Subway can be seen in the Library Gallery until the 1 September.

“We’d love to hear your feedback, so if you’ve got something you’d like to share with us about your festival experience please visit or email us at

Loz added:

“If you have seen the Dismaland image on the hoardings on Worcester Street and Bromsgrove Street junction, as far as we know, the art work is not an authentic Banksy original. It may be local artists finding parallels between Kidderminster and the Dismaland concept and also being supportive of another artists work. I think it is much more likely that Banksy was at the opening of his new collection of work in Weston-Super-Mare on Saturday (22 August) when the piece appeared, but nobody knows for sure; perhaps he preferred a night out at KAF instead!”

Find out more information about KAF and check out the festival photo gallery on our website

(Picture courtesy of DanceFest)

Wyre Forest District Council