Starting from: Monday 11th September 2017
Venue: Red Lion
Town Hall Events (THE) with Learning Through Arts in partnership with Wirksworth Festival, this year presents a performance programme with the WOW Factor. It defies traditional boundaries, combines art forms, mixes old with new and whether your taste is music, theatre, dance, the spoken word – or a heady mixture of all of these – there’s something for everyone.
THE Music kicks off with rising stars Hannah James and Grace Petrie, follows through with evocative new work from Brian Boothby’s Firegazing, sees the return of Kabantu (formerly Project Jam Sandwich), and the cool sounds of Soul Deep at our late night jazz event. The Moulettes brings us innovative music with back projection in “Preternatural” and celebrated reggae artist Macka.B, warmed up by home grown talent Skarambe, conclude the programme . Take part in Soul Voices workshops led by the dynamic Zee, and put on your dancing shoes for the DJ and dance club night.
THE Dance features locally-based Secret Dance Club (fresh from 5 star reviews at Edinburgh and Brighton Fringe) with Memory Box, followed by contemporary Indian performing arts with Sonia Sabri Dance Company, performing Dastaan with live music and projected film.
THE Spoken Word celebrates the work of Mark Gwynne Jones with two shows; Psychicbread, with brand new work, and Wordworms, a show especially created for children. Adverse Camber return with Celtic legend in Dreaming the Night Field; and in Hillsiders we have our very own Wirksworth Radio Soap. At Inspired we welcome local artists from diverse artforms to share some of their work and ideas alongside a piece that has inspired and influenced them.
THE Theatre features the wonderfully creative Northumberland Theatre Company with Barnaby Rudge, a Charles Dickens gothic tale of mystery and suspense, and the launch of the Wirksworth Youth Theatre at a workshop to which all young people are welcome.
For young people and families, as well as Wordworms, there’s a specifically aimed early evening slot at the DJ and Disco, the launch of Wirksworth Youth Theatre, activies in the Community Celebration and a day of arts workshops and performances for the local Primary schools
Starting from: Wednesday 20th September 2017
Venue: The Town Hall