Arts unite at Monks Kirby festival

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FOLLOWING the success of last year, Monks Kirby Arts Festival will take place for a second time this month.

St Edith’s Church will once again become a creative hub with the second annual Monks Kirby Arts Festival taking place from Friday, May 13 to Sunday, May 15.

The programme of events will celebrate all aspects of art and music and is guaranteed to have something to delight both young and old, including a traditional church fete on the Saturday afternoon.

Free daytime activities include art displays and painting, writing and music workshops. There will also be a bell ringing workshop in the bell tower.

Ticketed evening events include the well known and loved Coventry Male Voice Choir, jazz bands, folk music, thespians, jugglers, African drummers and a sing-along with the acclaimed Liz West.

Festival director John Whittington said: “The Monks Kirby Arts Festival offers valuable support to artists and a sensorial feast for art lovers, as well as raising money for the restoration of the historic building of St Edith’s. The 2011 festival promises to be a weekend to remember for all the family.”

The festival’s project co-ordinator for visual arts, Carl Swanson, stressed that artists have a vital part to play in the three day event.

He said: “Throughout the weekend St Edith’s Church will boast a specially constructed art gallery in which will be displayed artists’ work in a wide variety of media.”

The closing date for submissions to the gallery is Sunday and that this year each artist will be restricted to three pieces. For further information and photos contact www.arts-fest.co.uk. Tickets can be bought from (01788) 833133 or Brinklow Post Office. Cheques to be made payable to Monks Kirby Arts Festival.