Royston Arts Festival 2018!
The last weekend in September sees the return of Royston Arts Festival, and the Creative Royston committee is proud to unveil the full programme of events, which this year is themed around Voyages of Discovery
In the run-up to the festival, the Voyages Film Festival is going on tour, pairing films with unique guest speakers at new venues in Royston’s surrounding villages. You can catch Voyages of the Southern Sun in Fowlmere Village Hall on Thursday 20th, Hidden Figures at Barley Townhouse on Monday 24th and 8 Mile at Steeple Morden Village Hall on Thursday 27th.
Returning for its third year, Royston MusicFest ‘18 has moved to Sunday 23rd, the weekend before the main festival, in order to accommodate even more music! All shows are completely FREE. All afternoon, performers will entertain at eight venues around Royston and the evening will culminate with a gala concert at The Old Bull Inn at 7pm. With over twenty acts performing, there will be some old favourites as well as lots of exciting new music. Full details can be found in the MusicFest programme, and on the up-to-the-minute schedule at www.roystonmusicfest.uk. Or just follow your ears and come and hear for yourself!
For the Festival Weekend itself (Friday 28th – Sunday 30th) we have something for everyone! There will be showcases of local art and photography across town, and music from Cracked Voices,
Dumisa Rumbidza Praise, Caxton Swing, as well as MusicFest Extra. There will be Bell Ringing demonstrations, Royston Town Band’s coffee morning and a singing workshop from Ladyblue Music. CADs will be staging the black comedy Ghost Writer, and there will be talks on subjects ranging from Rob Roy to art in the natural world. There are also activities for families with children including Toddler Tales at the library and craft activities at the museum.
Priory Memorial Gardens will be the venue for our Community Arts Event on Saturday afternoon, where you can try your hand at music, crafts and dance classes for all ages. Or simply come and enjoy the entertainment, bouncy castles, free face painting and henna tattoos, refreshments from around the world and art display by Paul Human.
On Saturday evening, Creative Royston will be hosting writer, radio host and musician Andrew Mueller at Royston Library, which promises to be a fascinating trip from Backstage to Frontline.
The festival culminates on Sunday evening with our Finale Concert at St John’s Parish Church, featuring Royston Town Band, Royston Choral Society, Royston Youth Choir and local schools. This year we are privileged to be joined by Großalmerode Musiczug and musicians from our twin towns in France and Spain.
Full details of all events, including ticketing and accessibility information are available in the Royston Arts Festival programme or at www.creativeroyston.org