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'Explosion of sight and sound' as Splash Festival returns to Falmouth
9:00am Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
The second annual Falmouth Splash festival kicks off in a fortnight and will offer a programme of literature, performance art and exhibitions at venues across the town.
The event is funded and organised by the Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID), with help from Ron Johns of Falmouth Bookseller and Louise Connell, director of Falmouth Art Gallery.
The ten-day festival, which runs from September 13 to 22, is described as “an explosion of sight and sound.”
There will be award-winning plays, contemporary dance, light and sound exhibitions and talks from renowned writers, poets and illustrators as the town is “transformed into a mighty stage, a sprawling gallery and melting pot of bubbling artistic brilliance.”
Among the famous names appearing at The Poly will be former MP and Strictly Come Dancing contestant Ann Widdecombe who will give a talk entitled “Strictly Ann” on September 18; Rick Stein, whose Under A Mackerel Sky talk is on September 14; former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion is also on September 14 and Stuart Maconie, who will talk about his career in music journalism and his new book on September 21.
Exhibitions will include Matisse: Drawing With Scissors, Late Works (1950-1954) at the Poly; Merlin Art Auction 2013 Exhibition and Art Masters Francis Hewlett and Lionel Miskin at Falmouth Art Gallery and Turkish Delight in the Pink Shed on Events Square. There will also be a Pop Up Art Trail throughout the main street where examples of local artists’ work will be on display in shop windows from Events Square to The Moor.
For younger people there will be the Great Junior British Bake-Off taking place at Dolly’s Tea Room on September 14 when there will be two categories for children under 12 – cakes and cupcakes and muffins.
It is only the second time the festival has been staged, but it is already evolving and getting bigger and better. Falmouth BID manager Richard Wilcox said: “It’s a real quirky affair. We are not trying to be some mainstream arts festival. We wanted to push the boundaries and celebrate Falmouth’s creative spirit.
“This year we have just tried to grow and develop it, but we are running on a shoestring. The budget is under £4,000 for the entire festival and we have no sponsors.
“We want to reach a stage in a year or two when this event has really taken off and we will want to get a key sponsor to help it become a major fringe festival for Cornwall.
“We are, though, starting it small and perfectly formed. Across the four areas of Splash, we have some really good things going on. Last year every single event, whether paid for or free, attracted capacity audiences and we are hoping for the same this year.”
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