Isle of Ely Arts Festival announces line up for 2019 programme
Festival time will soon be descending upon the District and the Isle of Ely Arts Festival Society has revealed its full 2019 line-up for the annual arts festival along the theme of ‘Landscapes of Life’.
This year’s festival runs from Saturday 15 June to Saturday 13 July and East Cambridgeshire audiences are promised a cultural month full of music, art, theatre, live film screenings, literature, and more. There’s also a chance for you to get creative with a Writing Competition, the Babylon Summer Exhibition open to both amateur and professional artists, workshops at Haddenham Galleries and an open mic poetry night with Fen Speak.
This year there’s a special Launch event on Friday 14 June ‘An Evening with award winning poet Wendy Cope OBE’ interviewed by BBC presenter Jeremy Sallis at St Peter’s Church Ely. Wendy is one of the UK’s best loved poets who has remarkable talents for parody and word play. Jeremy is a natural interviewer and has presented most of the programmes at BBC Radio Cambridgeshire, Later in the Festival you can enjoy more poetry as Beth Hartley presents High Street Poetry in Caffè Nero on Wednesday 26 June. The Isle of Ely Festival Players will be touring their theatrical production to Little Downham and Haddenham with Sue Townsend’s comedy ‘Groping for Words’.
Other Festival highlights this year include 'A Night at the Movies' in the glorious surroundings of Ely Cathedral on Friday 12 July with the Festival Orchestra and community singers led by Chris Parsons. This event promises to be a night for all the family to enjoy with hits from movies including the Greatest Showman and Disney Classics. Sing! Choirs are back by popular demand in the Bishop’s Garden for a picnic concert on Sunday 7 July. There’s more music on offer with ‘A Night at the Opera’ with Ely Choral Society on Saturday 13 July, and from Ely Consort on Saturday 29 June performing John Rutter’s uplifting ‘Feel the Spirit’. ‘Folk in the Fens’ presents a series of concerts and events, including music, prose and poetry from anywhere and everywhere, featuring Jeremy Harmer, Steve Bingham and performers from across the region.
There are art previews with an Open Studios event at Wicken Fen on Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 June. Local artist Ted Coney will be artist in residence on Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 June at Ely Courthouse working in a pop-up studio in the main courtroom on his latest family painting ‘Who Stole The Toothpaste?’. You can enjoy work from famous British artist John Piper in a Selling Exhibition at the Babylon Gallery which runs from 22 June – 14 July.
Festival Chairman Sheila Friend Smith said ‘We’re looking forward to another year of celebrating arts and culture. We pride ourselves on being a Festival celebrating all the arts and reaching as many people as possible and make this a fantastic celebration of local community talent!’
Tickets for festival events are now available from individual promoters, check out the free brochure (available from the first week of May) in shops, galleries and tourist attractions throughout the District) and festival website isleofelyartsfestival.org.uk