What a weekend!

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What a weekend – we had literally thousands of views from all over the world!

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What a weekend – thanks to everyone for joining us for Wirksworth Festival Online 2020, we had literally thousands of viewers from all over the world!

Although venues in Wirksworth couldn’t be full of people this year, we were still able to enjoy so much of what the town and its community has to offer with our first Online Festival. The weekend kicked off in red-carpet-style, thanks to The Northern Light Cinema’s outdoor screening of the film, Made in Wirksworth: the Virtual Art & Architecture Trail, whilst simultaneously premiering on both our Facebook page and YouTube channel!

The rest of the weekend was an absolute treasure trove of handpicked events created and recorded to celebrate our local performing arts community, some firm Festival favourites, plus a series of talks and interviews exploring contemporary art, how the town has responded creatively to the lockdown and a look at some past Festival highlights.

We really must thank everyone involved in putting together this year’s Online Festival – all the artists, musicians and performers for taking the time and sharing their talents to create something extraordinarily special this year – THANK YOU!!

Here’s just some of the fantastic feedback we had for the weekend’s celebrations:

“I’m still working my way through all that’s been on offer over the weekend, a rich and varied fare. How it was all organised and presented was excellent – and threading through it all was a touching, positive sense of connecting up the community despite all the Covid restrictions.”

“The whole online programme was a triumph with so many really interesting, high-quality, performances and interviews.”

“We certainly look forward to next year being another innovative success for this great Wirksworth event, whatever the format may be…”

“What an absolute inspiration – wonderful to see artists losing themselves in their art & creating such a diverse mix of art in this small town. A joy to watch!”

“So lush to see Wirksworth Festival online. Fabulous array of artists! Lovely to see all the creativity burrowing in the peaks.”

And don’t forget you can still enjoy the film made by Gavin Repton here on our YouTube channel.

We’ll soon be thinking about Wirksworth Festival 2021 and can’t wait for what new and exciting plans are ahead of us!