Royston Arts Festival 2019: 'Our planet' celebrated by community

PUBLISHED: 10:03 01 October 2019 | UPDATED: 10:03 01 October 2019

Royston Arts Festival - Wild Man of the Woods with Ellen Novak from Kettles Yard.


Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston Arts Festival - Wild Man of the Woods with Ellen Novak from Kettles Yard. Picture: Karyn Haddon

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Packed houses were the order of the day for the 2019 Royston Arts Festival from the opening night to the finale at the weekend.

Royston Arts Festival - Stage Right entertain the crowds.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Stage Right entertain the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

The opener saw Alison Balsom bring her Balsom Ensemble to play baroque trumpet in the atmospheric setting of Ashwell's parish church.

The Community Arts Event in Priory Memorial Gardens reflected the eco theme of 'our planet'.

Royston Arts Festival - Stage Right entertain the crowds.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Stage Right entertain the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

'An Evening with Cookie MonStar' introduced a note of diversity, and festival-goers enjoyed a range of musical performances at MusicFest and the Royston Fringe as well as talks and exhibitions - including a display of the winners' work in the The Royston Fringe Junior Artist Competition 2019 Priory Quilters' exhibition at Market Hill Rooms.

The group's Marian Bunting said: "Many quilts and patchwork items were on show, together with a large quilt to raffle. The fabric and pattern had been donated and over the past year a number of members had been busy completing it.

Royston Arts Festival - Limitless entertain the crowds.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Limitless entertain the crowds. Picture: Karyn Haddon

"It was raffled at the exhibition and they were delighted to raise £290 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Mayor Robert Inwood drew the winning ticket and congratulated all those involved in such a successful event."

The arts festival finale concert was held at King James Academy Royston.

Royston Arts Festival - Eliza Maryan-Letch, 7, enjoys the day out.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Eliza Maryan-Letch, 7, enjoys the day out. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Creative Royston chairperson, Carl Filby, praised the "hard work of committee members and event organisers and all the unseen and unsung volunteers who, together with the support of all the festival-goers, helped make the festival such a success".

Royston Arts Festival - Mylo Bayliss, 3, enjoys the festival.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Mylo Bayliss, 3, enjoys the festival. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston Arts Festival - Gary Hammond from the North Herts Bee Keeping Association.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Gary Hammond from the North Herts Bee Keeping Association. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston Arts Festival - NHBKA Honey.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - NHBKA Honey. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston Arts Festival .


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival . Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston Arts Festival - Stage Right.


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Stage Right. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston Arts Festival - Thomas Racher, 8, enjoys the artwork. 


Picture: Karyn HaddonRoyston Arts Festival - Thomas Racher, 8, enjoys the artwork. Picture: Karyn Haddon

Royston town mayor, Councillor Robert Inwood, and the prize winners in The Royston Fringe Junior Artist Competition 2019.  Picture Terry HartgaRoyston town mayor, Councillor Robert Inwood, and the prize winners in The Royston Fringe Junior Artist Competition 2019. Picture Terry Hartga

Royston mayor, Councillor Robert Inwood, attended the Priory Quilters exhibition. Picture: Priory QuiltersRoyston mayor, Councillor Robert Inwood, attended the Priory Quilters exhibition. Picture: Priory Quilters

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