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Summer arts festival comes to Rocester, near Uttoxeter

By UttoxeterPostandTimes.3522974.UttoxeterPostandTimes  |  Posted: April 02, 2014

Denstone VH - 1950s Diner - ..L TO R:..Susan Smith, Liz Ratcliffe, Aberton Tortonesi, Peter Smith, Debbie Andrew

Denstone VH - 1950s Diner - ..L TO R:..Susan Smith, Liz Ratcliffe, Aberton Tortonesi, Peter Smith, Debbie Andrew

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THE FIRST ever summer arts festival is to be hosted by a Rocester middle school, in celebration of the area’s artistic talent.

The Ryecroft Summer Arts Festival is to be held from 1pm until 5.30pm on Sunday, May 18 at Ryecroft Middle School, designed as a celebration of performing arts, traditional and modern crafts and community spirit.

Open to all and free to visit the day is expected to be an activity-packed afternoon for all ages, the day is being arranged by Denstone Factor organiser Liz Ratcliffe who is excited to embark on her latest project, as the popular talent show came to an end this year.

Mrs Ratcliffe said: “The day-long arts festival will focus on the central stage where a programme of performances will entertain and amaze.

“There will be free-to-access workshops as diverse as drama, juggling and pot making.

“A food quarter will provide hungry festival goers with sustenance throughout the afternoon.

“To be part of the festival family - whether as a performer, a crafter, stall holder or as part of the support time we need to hear from you now.”

Those wishing to take part or find out more should contact Liz on 07807547815, and visit and like the Facebook page at Ryecroft Summer Arts Festival.

The festival is to give the community the chance to ‘express their natural creative abilities’, 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.

Kevin Bussey, Ryecroft parent, said: “It’s a great opportunity.

“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.

“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.”

The team are encouraging people with a diverse mix of talents to get involved.

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