Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Opening Weekend and the Art and Architecture Trail are almost here!  Tickets are on sale and plenty of chances to get involved.  Click for Wirksworth Festival website ......

A leading rural arts festival where everyone can enjoy great art in a unique and inspiring setting.

WIRKSWORTH FESTIVAL    7-23 September 2012
This weekend, Wirksworth throws open its doors and invites you to its famous Art and Architecture Trail, opening a packed seventeen days of festivity!

Seven commissioned artworks emphasise the interactive nature of art and the importance of play.  Over 170 artists exhibit their work along the Trail, in historic buildings and unusual houses in the town - inviting you to take a sneaky peak in delicious interiors! Graduate artists are showcased in the main exhibition at the Parish Room and the work of talented Designer Makers is on show in shop windows and two designer maker markets. Whether you're looking for art to stimulate the imagination, provoke debate or that unique affordable piece to buy - there's so much to see this weekend, don't miss out!
The Art and Architecture Trail 
Sat 8 and Sun 9 September, 10am to 5pm
Tickets £6 for all weekend - pick up a Trails Badge and Guide on the day only.  Under 18s go free.
Free Highlights include
Vinyl at the Moot Hall
Do you have a record with a special memory?  When you play it can you say what it means to you? What you were doing when you got it, who you were going out with, what was going on in the world? I For Wirksworth Festival, artist and vinyl junky Bill Aitchison is making a special event. He is inviting you to come along with your record, to play a track and share your memories. He will be constructing a collective memory out of all the diverse music that come up during the weekend and possibly throwing in a few of his own. It will be a fun and interesting chance to hear other people’s music and what it means to them. Bring records or memories and join in!

Lifeboat at Rectory Gardens
The Institute of Crazy Dancing Lifeboat is about slowness, kindness and taking care. It provokes questions with regard to ethics, trade, migration and sustainability. It is about getting your bearings whilst rocking gently and looking at the world from a slowly changing point of view. You are free to spend as long or as little time as you wish in a hammock –  then welcome to feedback into the provocations, either there and then or later ... The installation creates a contemplative and active space: a place of exchanges between strangers, a place for people to meet each other – to talk and think…
Plus St Johns Street Theatre's hilarious free show "I Don't Call That Art" and Street Music, provided by Outdoor Music in Wirksworth around the town

Wirksworth and the World, at Wirksworth Library
Delve into the unique Gell Family Archives and take part in group readings, while enjoying digital images of Wirksworth from the past in free 90 minute sessions run by the Derbyshire Record Office and Derbyshire Local Studies Library. Places must be booked in advance, click here for more info.

All this, PLUS open air film screenings, Shakespeare in a stunning garden setting and much more!

Quad's Summer Night Film Screenings at The Lime Kiln
Friday 7 September, from 7pm
The Woman in Black (12A) send shivers up your spine!
Saturday 8 September, from 7pm
Grease (PG) re-live the fabulous final flings of Rydell High!
Don't Wait to Book! 
  Tickets up to the day before are £10.50, on the day £12.  Click here to book now.

Jagged Fence return following last year's success
As You Like It at Symonds House Garden
Shakespeare's screwball romantic comedy set in a 1950s rock'n'roll America, with jivin jokers, ballad-singing beatniks and two cross-dressing cousins.  Performances every evening at 6.30pm (Fri to Tues), plus 3pm on Sunday 9th September
Click here to book online.
With much more to come!
A spectacular performance of Carmina Burana!
Well Dressed Wirksworth - the culmination of the festival!
Visit the Wirksworth Festival website to download a full copy of the brochure or browse the What's On section for all events.  

PLUS we welcome volunteers to help out throughout the Festival. If you're interested get in touch!
Make sure you have the dates in your diary and we look forward to seeing you at the Festival very soon.  To register for regular updates and newsletters from Wirksworth Festival sign up to the mailing list
tel:  01629 824003

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