Community encouraged to get creative at Belle Vue Arts Festival

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The community is once again being encouraged to get creative with this year’s theme of ‘ORIGINS’, when the Belle Vue Arts Festival returns from this Saturday.

The fortnight of non-stop arts and entertainment kicks off at 11am with the ever-popular Let’s Celebrate art event, which will see FREE themed stalls and activities take over both sides of Greyfriars Bridge to launch this year’s festival.

Why not join in on some fossil hunting, lego making, dinosaur-themed activities, and ‘Curious Young Darwin’ pond dipping trays with the help of the Severn River Trust and the Shrewsbury branch of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust.

Passers-by will be treated to live music, chalk drawing with artist Tom Hayes and should look out for outdoor artwork by Coleham School, the local knitters of Belle Vue and giant ‘Darwin Finches’ by artist and illustrator Matt Sewell.

Shrewsbury Urban Sketchers will out in force, plus there will be a £3 drop in ‘Art to Music’ workshop at Bloom arts venue in Coleham.

Tom Supple, Acting Chair of the Belle Vue Arts Festival organising committee, said: “The Let’s Celebrate event is such a great way to start the festival fortnight and is always a very well supported, relaxed community event.”

The festival is one of Shrewsbury’s longest running and will be celebrating its 16th year. Events including workshops in photography, African drumming and Beat Boxing take place throughout the themed fortnight, which runs until 15 June.

Tom added that the Open Gardens event on 9 June is now full, but that the festival is still looking for late entries to the much loved Art & Scarecrow trail, which takes place over the weekend 8 and 9 June.

Tom added: “We’re really looking forward to seeing the incredible creations and art work that the community produces. Belle Vue Arts Festival is a great opportunity for the local community to come together and take part in a host of fun and creative activities.”

Let’s Celebrate will take place this Saturday 1 June and will run from 11am to 3pm.

To sign up or find out more about any of the forthcoming festival activities, visit www.bellevueartsfestival.co.uk and see flyers in local shops. You can also follow the festival across social media using @belleVAF for up to date news and announcements.

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