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Arts festival in Rocester announces confirmed acts

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 28, 2014

08/04/14 Ryecroft Summer Arts Fest Launch
Cheque pres from JCB to Ryecroft School.L-R Steve Ovens from JCB Sharon farnell,Kimberley Rose,Lis Ratcliffe,Steve Bardon

08/04/14 Ryecroft Summer Arts Fest Launch Cheque pres from JCB to Ryecroft School.L-R Steve Ovens from JCB Sharon farnell,Kimberley Rose,Lis Ratcliffe,Steve Bardon

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A SUMMER arts festival has announced five confirmed participants on the bill so far, and now organisers are looking for storytellers to take part.

The programme of entertainment for the first Ryecroft Summer Arts Festival to be held on May 18, at Ryecroft Middle School in Denstone Lane, Rocester, is taking shape.

Confirmed participants so far include artist Mister Hope, Make A Pot pot making and painting, demonstrations in blacksmithing, graphic design and juggling.

Organiser Liz Ratcliffe is now calling for storytellers to come forward and offer their support.

She said: “The line up so far is looking very exciting.

“The day will focus on our central stage where a programme of performances will be hosted by Signal Radio’s George Smith.

“One of the visions for the day is to have a story telling tent where everyone is welcome to come and share their story - whether a local legend, a well known tale or a family tradition we want to hear it.

“Storytellers are wanted to come forward and offer their support

“If you want to get involved please contact the organisers on 01889 591339 or 07807 547815 or just come along on the day.

“We are planning in some 'open mic' time for anyone wishing to join us on the day.

“Exhibits and attractions open at 1pm through to 5.30pm.”

The state-of-the-art stage at the Ryecroft Summer Arts Festival is to be sponsored by JCB.

The stage will be supplied by James Pemblington of Northern Lights and Sound comes complete with all lighting and sound equipment ensuring a professional high standard for performers.

Organisers of the festival Liz Ratcliffe, Kim Woodhall and Kevin Bussey are currently taking applications from artists and traders and promoting the event.

More information is available on the Ryecroft Summer Arts Festival Facebook page.

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