ELY ARTS FESTIVAL 2021
Organisers are delighted to announce that Ely Arts Festival is back for 2021. After the enforced break in 2020 due to Covid, a new volunteer committee has formed to bring together arts and cultural events and activities to celebrate how the creative ‘spirit of the Fens’ has endured through this challenging time.
Ely Arts Festival will take place between 12th and 27th June; including a range of events organised by local groups and the festival committee.
We need your help to make the festival a reality by supporting our crowdfunding campaign. Your support will allow us to programme a variety of events that bring an exciting series of wide-ranging events that are accessible, engaging and feature a range of different art forms. We are working with local schools on music and art projects and we're really excited to be forming strong links with lots of community groups.
We believe that the arts are needed more than ever before to bring communities back together to enjoy the vibrant arts scene of East Cambridgeshire. We are especially keen to engage with families and young people and we hope that our festival offers something for everyone!
Any donation you can make is gratefully received and with some exciting rewards on offer, this is a unique opportunity to support a ambitious arts festival.
About the Festival
Ely Arts Festival will take place between 12th and 27th June; including a range of events organized by local groups and the festival committee. Opening the festival period, Britten Sinfonia will be presenting Surround Sound: Ely Playlist at Ely Cathedral on Saturday 12th June.
19th June, will see the Festival’s title event: Spirit of the Fens, bringing together live music from the Lantivet Duo; with recorded performances from local school and community choirs and a unique view over Ely from drone footage accompanied by music.
On 26th June the Festival will present Jubilee Jamboree – A free family day of drop-in craft activities, a teddy bears’ picnic with ‘Shake-Rattle and Roll’ and music from the bandstand in Jubilee Gardens. On the final day of the festival, Sunday 27th June, Babylon ARTS are bringing Lamphouse Theatre to Jubilee Gardens with two, free performances of their Suitcase Shakespeare Romeo & Juliet show, suitable for all the family.
This is just a taste of some of the events taking place, the full programme including: live comedy at St Mary’s Church from The Library Presents; Fen Speak online open-mic poetry night and family fun at Ely Museum is on elyartsfestival.org.
Everyone is invited to enjoy this years’ festival, with opportunities for all ages. Indeed, people can begin now, by participating in the ‘Fen Stitch Together’ community quilt project, led by festival committee member and artist Louise Beale. Everyone is welcome to contribute to a quilt project that would act as a memorial to the shared positive experiences of the pandemic.
Louise Beale, a local artist, will work with local schools to give children an opportunity to make their own textiles square to be included on the quilt. Find out more https://www.elyartsfestival.org/whats-on/fen-stitch-together.
As a thank you for supporting the festival we have a number of rewards on offer. They range from a thank you on a our social media, a copy of 'All together Now', an anthology of lockdown poetry) and an official friend of the festival. You can see more details in the rewards column. With YOUR support, we can make it happen!
Thank you for reading this crowdfunding campaign and we'd be so grateful for any support you are able to give.
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