Royston Arts Festival 2011 ‘most ambitious’ yet

PUBLISHED: 15:30 21 September 2011 | UPDATED: 15:42 21 September 2011

This year's festival is almost upon us

This year's festival is almost upon us


AFTER almost 12 months of planning this year’s Royston Arts Festival is almost upon us and has been described by organisers as the most ambitious yet.

More festival fun at the fringe

BEYOND Royston Arts Festival’s main events the fringe can boast a number of events for people of all ages.

Running from Saturday October 1 to Sunday October 2, workshops and exhibitions will be hosted by the Methodist Church, in Queens Road.

The Fringe kicks off with an hour-long dance performance, christened the GSTARS Extravaganza.

Featuring ballet, jazz, modern and street dance, as well as performances from a physical theatre group and singers.

Saturday’s free performance will raise money for the group’s first West End performance and runs from 11am-noon.

Another treat the church can boast is the Jazz4all performance which will showcase bebop, swing, trad and blues.

Refreshments are available and the seating is described as informal.

The event starts at 7.45pm on the Saturday, tickets are £8 and can be reserved by calling Brian on 07895 095455.

A children’s art competition is likely to take centre stage for youngsters at the event, with entries in three age groups to catch the judge’s eyes.

The judging will take place on the Saturday by local artist Nicola Hancox with prizes and certificates awarded in each age group.

Entries must fit around the festival’s Crossing the Line event and entrance forms are available from

More than 60 events are planned from Thursday, September 29, to Sunday, October 2, covering a wide range of cultural activities.

Festival chairman Graham Palmer said: “We are hoping there will be something for everyone.

“This is shaping up to be our most ambitious arts festival yet, and we are already seeing a high level of ticket applications for events.

“The committee has put together some key events, but has been helped by local groups becoming part of the arts festival and putting on their own activities.”

The festival will open with the Opus 17 Big Band giving a Strictly 40s: Hits from the Blitz concert at The Meridian School, with proceeds from the show donated to the Help For Heroes charity and the Royal British Legion.

And to get in the mood, a 1940s dance workshop is being run before the concert.

The cinema night of the festival will see a screening of cult movie The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Coombes Community Centre, Burns Road, Royston.

“The theme of this year’s arts festival is Crossing the Line, and we can probably say without any hesitation that this production certainly crosses more lines than you can count,” said Mr Palmer.

A youth art exhibition will be displayed at the Royston & District Museum and will run until November 4.

Last year’s exhibition featured the works of youngsters from Greneway and Roysia schools, Melbourn Village College and The Meridian School, attracting more than 500 people.

The festival finale is the now traditional Last Night at the Proms-style Finale Concert in the parish church on the Sunday.

Other groups involved in he festival include the Royston Photographic Society, which will run its Face of Royston project again, and the amateur drama group CADS, which will be staging a production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.

Churches are involved, with the Royston Methodist Church in Queens Road running Festival Fringe events while the Parish Church has put together a number of activities. The Royston Catholic Church has a classical concert by pianists the Cann Twins.

About 300 free places are available on workshops taking place during the arts festival.

Tickets are available from The Stationery Cupboard, High Street, Royston and on-line at

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