June 5 to 14 June
Arts festivals are often grafted onto destinations, but in the case of Broadway Arts Festival, the event has authentic origins as a celebration of an unusually vibrant local arts heritage and contemporary scene.
The event attracts celebrities speakers, experts, first-rate communicators and performers. The brief of Broadway Arts Festival is to offer a high-quality programme over ten days – to encourage understanding of, and participation in, the arts. For 2020 the organisers promise the most diverse and creative line up yet.
Participation is one of the key ideas and this theme runs even before the event starts, with an Open Art Competition which this year has the theme ‘Hinterland’ and was open for entries from February 1st.
TIP: General public tickets go on sale on the 10th April, Good Friday.
The Broadway Hotel is at the centre of the action and we are delighted to be hosting the opening event, when the BBC’s Philip Mould will be speaking of his career looking for hidden paintings and the art world in general. Ticket for the lunch and talk are available from the Festival only. Only talks range from Adebanji Alade (Vice-President of the Royal Institute of Oil Painters and THE BBC’s “Addictive Sketcher”) to Lachlan Goudie on Scottish Art.
Demonstrations cover the range too. Rapid sketching techniques, techniques, painting interiors, making a silver ring, dry point printing, pot throwing, clay sculpture…the list goes on. The venue is usually the Marquee on the Green, outside the hotel. Details on the Festival website. They are plenty of children’s events too.
If you immediately think of the ‘Arts’ as visual art, remember that the Festival explores music too. It has even commissioned a new musical show Exploring Edward Lear, by Robin Smith and there is a sequence of classical performances around the village, including Beethoven from the Cristo Trio, an eclectic piano recital from Marcel Zidana, plus live blues, swing and west end show hits. The Festival finishes with a ceilidh, called by Georgia Lewis and Trio, a local-ish talent from Wiltshire.
Chapterhouse Theatre Company return with a performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream on the village green. Heartbreak Productions perform The Great Gatsby and there’s family theatre with a performance of David Walliams’ Mr Stink.
Film is represented too, with a showing of Loving Vincent, an animated drama of Vincent Van Gogh’s life.
With a series of art-related walks, open gardens and the chance to see makers and craftspeople in action, this a genuinely open Festival with a great atmosphere. Broadway comes to life and we’re delighted to be a part of the action!
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