A VARIED afternoon of entertainments brought the curtain down on this year’s Droitwich ArtsFest which has been described by the organisers as a ‘fun-filled, dazzilng, sweltering event’.
On Saturday among those taking to the stage were The Fidgets, Sing and Tonic, Droitwich Ukulele Club, Mandy Harding, Helen Pearson and Standard editor Tristan Harris who performed stand-up comedy about Droitwich and his 17 years in local newspapers.
The event began on June 30 when Droitwich Town Crier Edgar Harwood, accompanied by musical fanfares from a U3A ensemble, launched proceediings. There were speeches by Droitwich Deputy Mayor Coun Bill Moy and Nigel Huddleston MP before shoppers enjoyed an afternoon of dance.
Between then and the last day there has been arts to suit all tastes, including exhibitions by members of Droitwich Arts Network, brass bands in the Lido Park, 1960s music, a folk night, an interactive people’s gallery and a mime and improvisation workshop.
There was also a sketching walk, a close-up magician, authors and poets reading their work, a multi-media event and the Last Night of the Proms.
Helen Karakashian, the chair of Droitwich Arts Network said: “The public have really shown their appreciation of the wide range of artistic and mostly free events offered by Droitwich ArtsFest 2018.”
Rhys Jones thanked members of the Droitwich Arts Network who helped with the ArtsFest.
Visit droitwichartsfest.org or search for ‘Droitwich ArtsFest’ on Facebook for more information on the festival.