Spectacular arts extravaganza promises to be biggest yet

PUBLISHED: 11:47 02 June 2012

Saffron Walden's third arts festival

Saffron Walden's third arts festival

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A FIVE-DAY celebration of the arts begins next Thursday when a popular West End show raises the curtain on a whole host of festivities.

The feast of entertainment will explode into life when Fame The Musical kicks off proceedings and cues the opening roar of Saffron Walden’s third arts festival.

Crowds will flock to a specially-erected 300-seater marquee on the Common for the opening night featuring more than 40 local youngsters from the Hyperfusion theatre company.

With a gleeful mix of music, dance, film, theatre, art and song from Thursday, June 7 to Monday, June 11, organisers are confident this year’s festival will be the biggest ever.

Pete Upson, chairman of the 2012 Arts Festival, said: “We have pulled out all the stops to make this year’s events more spectacular than ever before.

“There will be a variety of activities for all ages to give the people of Saffron Walden a platform to showcase their artistic talents and get the creative juices flowing.

“A series of workshops on the Sunday will give them the chance to try their hand at painting, drawing, pottery, textile and print making, while there will also be an exciting music-making opportunity with a drum and bass workshop.

“This festival promises to be an extravagant celebration of the arts and is one not to be missed.”

After the mesmerising beginning, Friday night will see Saffron Walden’s very own theatre troupe take to the stage for another famous production.

The Pantaloons will gee crowds up for the weekend with a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest, a perfect lead-up to the hotly-anticipated return of the town’s premier talent competition 24 hours later.

Super-talented 17-year-old musician Hollie Haines, from Radwinter, has already tasted a slice of the big time since her victorious night in Saffron Walden’s Got Talent in 2010, and she’ll be back to offer this year’s crop her expert guidance.

Clavering Players will also be making their first ever appearance at the town hall with a series of performances of the famous play The Memory of the Water over the weekend, while a Britain’s Got Talent-esque dog tandem show will wow audiences on the Sunday. The curtain will then be brought down by swing and blues band Blue Harlem later that evening.

Last but not least, a special screening of a documentary about reggae legend Bob Marley’s life will crown a magical week in style at Saffron Screen on the Monday.

n For more detail visit saffronwaldenartstrust.co.uk/festival2012

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