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SPARC Arts Festival

Join the inaugural SPARC (St. Peter’s Arts Church) Arts Festival, celebrating creativity in a multitude of forms.

Friday 14 June
7pm – 10pm

Gala Opening Night with special musical guests: The Wangford Trio
Join us for a foot stompin’ evening of celebration, laughter and music as musicians Hank Wangford and his saddle pals Brad Breath and Andy Foster perform their country music heart-breakers and toe-tappers.

Hank knows that laughter, tears and music are the greatest healers we have, which is why he loves country music and has inspired others like Billy Bragg, The The and The Alabama Three.

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Saturday 15 June
8pm – 10pm

Duke Special
Duke Special is a piano-based songwriter and performer based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

With a romantic style and a warm, distinctly accented voice, his live performances are theatrically inspired by vaudeville and the music hall, often incorporating 78s played on a gramophone or transistor radio sound effects.

Duke says, ‘I genuinely hope that these songs will speak to you, inspire, comfort, challenge, provoke, make you cry, make you smile, make you wonder and all the things that good art should do.’

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Sunday 16 June
2pm – 3pm & 3.30pm – 4.30pm

Resonate Drum Workshops
Experience a fantastic fresh take on dusty music classes with these drum/percussion workshops by Resonate Drum Workshops. Suitable for all ages/abilities.

These 1-hour interactive and engaging drumming and percussion workshops allow participants to release energy and express their emotions through music, experiencing the holistic benefits of drumming, whilst learning new musical skills.

Buy tickets here (for 2pm – 3pm) and here (3.30pm – 4.30pm).

Monday 17 June
10am – 4pm

Introduction to Printmaking
Professional printer Kathryn Atkinson delivers a full-day introductory workshop on Relief Printing. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Concentrating on Relief Printing from lino blocks, you will have the opportunity to cut and print your own design(s), learn how to handle the tools and inks and use the presses. Some letterpress blocks will also be available to enable you to incorporate simple text with an image. Expect to go home with a small edition or collection of your prints.

Class size is strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

8pm – 10pm
The Odyssey by Hugh Lupton & Daniel Morden
Two of the UK’s most popular storytellers and award-winning authors bring us their accessible, lyrical and passionate rendition of Homer’s classic. With the momentum of a rattling good tale and full of wry humour, Lupton and Morden remain true to the profound human observation of the original.

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Tuesday 18 June
10am – 4pm

Monoprint Day
Join Lynette Burgess to explore this exciting, dynamic approach to creating prints. Suitable for all ages and abilities.

Play with drawing onto an inked plate before running it through a press; print textures and images from found objects such as leaves, wood grain, lace and string and create stencils to use as the inked or masked areas of your design.

Wednesday 19 June
8pm – 10pm

With rich melodies and driving rhythms, five-piece Flatworld play tunes and songs from the folk traditions of Eastern Europe and elsewhere and present them in a lively and accessible form which has audiences dancing by the end of their shows.

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Thursday 20 June
10am – 4pm

Stained Glass Workshop
Explore the ancient craft of stained glass with artist Liz Huppert. Suitable for ages 16+.

Using coloured glass, solders, flux and wire, you’ll make your own piece of stained glass with the help of Liz, a well-known expert in the discipline.

Class size is strictly limited so book early to avoid disappointment.

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8pm – 10pm
An Evening with Brian Bilston
In a rare appearance, Brian Bilston will be reading from his first poetry collection ‘You Took the Last Bus Home’ and his newly published novel ‘Diary of a Somebody’.

Frequently described as the ‘Poet Laureate of Twitter’, Brian Bilston is a poet clouded in the pipe smoke of mystery. Very little is known about him other than the fragments of information revealed on social media: his penchant for tank tops, his enjoyment of Vimto, his dislike of Jeremy Clarkson.

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Friday 21 June
10am – 4pm

Screen-printing Day
Professional artist Barry Lockwood gives an introduction to screen-printing on paper and fabric using your own stencils and imagery. Suitable for ages 16+.

Have a go at printing on paper and fabric with an emphasis on experimental stencil-making, including the use of tape and hand-drawn imagery. You will have plenty of prints to take home.

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8pm – 10pm
Mister Keith
A triumph of English pop music, Mister Keith takes you on an interactive, homorous journey with songs of life, love, faith and hope.

Mister Keith (songwriter Keith Ayling) will perform songs from his recently released Record of Wrongs, a stunning debut from the pen of a songwriter who has already released thirteen albums in a former Britpop career.

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Saturday 22 June
8pm – 10pm

Carol Ann Duffy
Carol Ann Duffy closes the festival with readings from her final poetry collection as Poet Laureate.

Scottish poet and playwright Dame Carol Ann Duffy is a professor of contemporary poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University and was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly gay or bisexual poet to hold the position.

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19 Jun 2019 - 22 Jun 2019

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