Broadway Arts Festival begins May 30

Broadway Arts Festival

Broadway Arts Festival - Credit: Archant

The third biennial Broadway Arts Festival will open on Friday May 30, and the organisers are hoping to educate, entrance and amuse all those with an interest in the Arts – not just graphic art, but also music, literature and drama.

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent

Carnation, Lily, Lily, Rose by John Singer Sargent - Credit: Archant

The Festival will open on the evening of Friday 30th May with a reception for Sponsors and Benefactors at Trinity House Gallery in Broadway.

The main feature exhibition will be a collection of work by John Singer Sargent – whose visit to Broadway was the inspiration for the festival. It will be presented by the Ashmolean Museum Broadway and will continue until July 27 2014. In addition, at least five long established galleries in the village will be mounting exhibitions of both traditional and contemporary painting.

Winners and accepted work in the Open Art Competition, now open nationally and with a £1000 first prize, will be on view throughout the Festival at Little Buckland Gallery.

Artists, both amateur and professional, will have the opportunity to join a series of Masterclasses, Workshops and Demonstrations, many of them to be held in beautiful local gardens. Tutors include the highly regarded David Curtis ROI, RSMA, Mike Bernard RI, John Hammond SWAc and Edward Noott RBSA. Some of these gardens will also host separate tours guided by Marion Mako, a leading garden designer.

There will be five music events, ranging from Bach to Jazz. Maestros will include Michael Bochmann, violin, and Marcel Zidani, piano, performing both standard and lesser known works, while local favourite Debbie Arthurs and her group will be performing their distinctive brand of jazz.

The theme of the Festival is ‘Changing Times’. As 2014 is the centenary of the start of The Great War, the festival will feature a group of distinguished speakers - including Professor Sir Hew Strachan - who will explain how Edwardian Britain, at the head of the worlds’ greatest Empire, became involved in a devastating war which changed everything.

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