Great week is in store at festival

The Wirksworth Festival 2014 got off to a flying start at the weekend (see page 22), and will continue to enthrall, educate and entertain visitors over the forthcoming week.

The Art and Architecture Trail celebrated 20 years over the weekend and there are plenty of other treats lined up between now and the end of the festival on September 21.

An Exhibition of Contemporary Visual Art continues on Saturday and Sunday (September 13-14) in the Parish Room, around town and online, while the Middle Weekend Art Focus (also on September 13-14) is titled Stop Frame: Process, Experiment and Broadcast, and features live demonstrations and performance in the Parish Room, around Wirksworth and direct into your home.

This brings together artists from this year’s visual arts programme with Field Broadcast, an online art platform working with live broadcasting and streaming on the internet. Field Broadcast has developed through the practice of, and is run by, artists Rebecca Birch and Rob Smith.

Theatre fans can enjoy Up And Coming ‘14, at Wirksworth Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday. This is a performance showcase developed and staged in partnership with Learning through Arts, giving emerging artists in music, dance, theatre and film opportunities to air innovative and exciting new work. A theatre double bill on Saturday night features Sleeping Trees Theatre, an award winning, five-star company fresh from the Edinburgh Fringe and Outstaged Arts Company. Other highlights include family fun with stories from Are you Sitting Comfortably and a Film Collection, two films made in ten days by Ewan Johnson and Eve Hedderwick Turner.

On Sunday, at 10am you’re invited to Breakfast with Mamadou, an exciting Senegalese musician, finishing off with more stories for families from 12noon.

Meanwhile, from 7.30pm on Tuesday, September 16, Wirksworth Town Hall hosts Statistics Unavailable, an exciting and thought provoking production consisting of four new pieces of writing.

If you’re looking for musical entertainment, Wirksworth Town Hall features a gig on Friday, September 12, from 9.30pm, by Silverclub, plus support.

Silverclub have received comparisons to everyone from LCD Soundsystem to Can and Metronomy, whilst drawing influences from the likes of Herbert and Matthew Dear.

Then, on Sunday from 7.30pm, Ayanna Witter-Johnson is at the Town Hall. A rising star and MOBO awards nominee, Ayanna will be bringing her unique and eclectic sound to the festival for a Sunday night of soulful music.

To book tickets, or for a full list of forthcoming happenings between now and the end of the festival, visit

n David Blanchard (pictured) with his handmade split tin guitars is one of many who have taken part in the festival so far