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Arts festival to give people chance to find their voice

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: February 25, 2013

By JAMES BRINDLE

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A NEW summer arts festival at a Rocester school is aiming to give people a chance to discover their hidden talents.

The aim of the festival on May 18 is to bring people together from all walks of life that are willing and wanting to share any passions they may have with others in the surrounding community.

It is the brainchild of Ryecroft Middle School parent Kevin Bussey who has a passion for drama and has been holding a popular weekly after school club to nurture the pupil’s dramatic talent.

Mr Bussey told the Advertiser he is ‘very thankful’ to the head teacher of Ryecroft Middle School, Steve Bardon, for letting him share his passion and said he is fully behind the arts festival idea.

He said: “When I approached Steve Bardon he had no idea what I could do but he gave me the opportunity to find my voice and I am so very thankful to him for that.

“It was while watching members of the drama club showing their versatility in their performing skills, I began to think that it would be a great opportunity for the school to take on the challenge of hosting a summer arts festival.

“It will be dedicated to helping all the surrounding villages and beyond to come together and share the many talents waiting to be showcased.

“We are expecting the festival to be a great success. Success for me is to have the ability to create a world in your mind where you feel that you have the ability to make anything possible, no matter what obstacles are placed in front of you.

“I honestly believe that we all possess a talent and we all have a right to share those talents if we so desire.

“The summer arts festival will ensure those people are seen and heard.

“All they need to do is to let us know who they are and they will have the chance to share their dreams and aspirations with others.”

Mr Bussey, who lives in Rocester with his family and is an engineer by trade, is not limiting those taking part in the festival to children.

He is also encouraging people with a diverse mix of talents to get involved.

He said: “We are also looking for people with new ideas and visions, or maybe they have a story they would like to share with others.

“We all have the freedom of choice to allow ourselves and others to become who we truly desire.

“To be happy is an aspiration we all possess. We should all feel that we have the freedom to express our true feelings and if we go forward in our lives with thought and respect for ourselves and others, we can achieve much more and become more confident and content within our lives.

“Anyone of any age and culture is welcome to share their talents.

“We are looking for a diverse mixture of talents, such as artists, sculptors, bands and musicians, street performers, cake decorators, basket and willow weavers, textile artists, face painters, flower arrangers, vintage machinery, woodcrafters, metal workers, jewellery makers, knitters – the list is endless.”

Anyone who would like to find out more can contact Mr Bussey via email at kbussey.drama@aol.co.uk or by calling 07584 631327.

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