TEN PARISHES FESTIVAL

Wiveliscombe and surrounding villages will celebrate with creativity and performance as the 10 Parishes Festival returns this month.

The printed guide that features all participants is now available locally and once again features the talent of Bathealton artist, Aga Karmolinska. The surrealist style of the guide continues and this year’s cover highlights a major theme of the festival, the B3227 road that stretches from west of Taunton through many local parishes.

Over 70 artists participate in this visual and performing arts spectacle which was founded in 2003. Nynehead Court will again host a joint exhibition in the Orangery which has been a popular venue in the past. One artist at Nynehead will be Yvonne Whittamore, who creates her artwork using dyed silk, yarn, moss and woodland floor discards.

In addition to the wide range of artist exhibitions, there are a number of performances for which tickets are already on sale.

Wellington-based JW3 (The John Walker Band) present ‘Stars and Stripes’, at the Victoria Rooms, Milverton on Saturday 9 September.

Taunton Thespians return with a sample of Shakespearean pieces, presented in a rehearsed reading at Cotleigh Brewery also on the first day of the festival, Saturday 9 September, and repeated at St Luke’s Church in Langley Marsh on Sunday 17th, the final day.

The remote and picturesque St Michael’s Church in Raddington features with the Clayhanger String Quartet and soprano Alison Routh performing by candlelight on Saturday 16th.

The Soldier’s Tale is a renowned drama written in WW1 with music by Igor Stravinsky & Libretto by Charles Ferdinand Ramuz. This will be performed at Wellhayes Vineyard, Clayhanger on Saturday 9th.

The House of F returns with another exceptional creative exhibition and workshops. Visitors can expect Feral Forest Fairies in Magical La La Land at Kenley near Waterrow.

The Ashbrittle Big Sing with Yvette Staelens in the village hall gives the chance for all family members to join in, also on Sat 9th.

A new event this time is the Photomarathon which is a funny, exciting and creative photography competition with a twist, a bit of a challenge: participants have to take 8 photos of 8 topics in the correct order over an 8-hour period.

After the Photomarathon, all the images are collated and printed, before a panel of judges meet to decide the winners. All the photos then go on show in a free public exhibition.

The Photomarathon will take place on Sunday 10th September, the day of the street market and carnival procession. The Exhibition will take place on 16-17th September at the Community Centre (West Street).

The theme for this year’s carnival procession is ‘Go Wild – Back to the Jungle!’ and organisers are once again expecting much interaction in this community spectacle.

For more information and booking for the many festival events visit www.10parishesfestival.org.uk