Ilfracombe Arts Festival picking up steam

THE funds to stage the exciting new Ilfracombe Arts Festival next June appear to be falling into place.

The four days from June 23-26 aim to infuse the town with street theatre, indoor and outdoor performances, music, art installations, poetry, workshops, dance and community events.

The idea for the North Devon Festival event has been put forward by Ilfracombe Arts College, working with the Ilfracombe Tourism Marketing Group and North Devon Theatres.

The college and theatres have already agreed to provide funding of �3,000 and �11,070 respectively and on Tuesday, January 11 North Devon Council’s Executive will be recommended to approve another �3,000.

The festival will run from Friday to Sunday and the suggested programme could include extracts from Alice in Wonderland played out along the seafront and a possible outdoor performance of A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

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The Saturday will see members of the Smash Boys and Make the Move groups performing contemporary dance and physical theatre workshops in a variety of places along the High Street, including doorways and empty shops.

Events will also be taking place at Ilfracombe Arts College and on Sunday it is proposed for The Landmark Theatre to host community arts performances, with local amateur and community groups invited to submit work to be performed.

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A four day community arts event called the Heads Up Project, creating giant heads for display and procession, is also earmarked for the Whitsun half term week in May.

Groups or individuals wishing to find out more about Ilfracombe Arts Festival and how to get involved can email organiser Peter Cooper at Ilfracombe College on

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