'Bubbling artistic brilliance' as Falmouth's Splash Festival returns: DETAILS (From Falmouth Packet)
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'Bubbling artistic brilliance' as Falmouth's Splash Festival returns: DETAILS
3:00pm Friday 13th September 2013 in News
Falmouth will be transformed into a sprawling gallery and stage with performances, exhibitions and talks creating a “melting pot of bubbling artistic brilliance” as the town welcomes the second annual Splash festival from today.
Funded and organised by the Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) with help from Falmouth Art Gallery’s Louise Connell and Falmouth Booksellers’ Ron Johns, the ten day event will bring some well known names to town and a programme packed with award-winning plays, contemporary dance, light, sound and art exhibitions and talks from writers, poets and illustrators.
The festival, which runs from September 13 to 22, encompasses art, literature, film and theatre and has venues across the town from High Street and Killigrew Street down to Falmouth Docks. Many of the events are free, but some have admission fees.
Literature highlights include:
September 14. Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion reading from his new collection, The Customs House, and answering questions at The Poly at 2pm.
The search for the young Poet Laureate of Falmouth when ten contestants will perform before judges at The Poly from 11am.
The Great Junior British Bake-Off at Dolly’s Tea Room from 3pm.
Rick Stein: Under a Mackerel Sky at The Poly at 7.30pm when the chef will talk about his early life and his rise to fame in the restaurant and food industry.
September 17. Robin Harris, who was Margaret Thatcher’s speech writer and close advisor, will talk about his biography of the Iron Lady and his working relationship and friendship with the former PM, at Dolly’s Tea Room at 7pm.
September 18. Former Shadow Home Secretary and Strictly Come Dancing star, Ann Widdecombe, will talk about her autobiography at The Poly at 7.30pm.
September 21. An Evening with Stuart Maconie: Stuart Maconie will talk about his career in music journalism and about his new book “The People’s Songs” at The Poly at 7.30pm. The book tells the story of modern Britain through the records that we listened to and loved during the kaleidoscopic period from world war two, to the present. Tickets cost £10 for adults.
Performance highlights include: September 19 n The Story Republic on The Moor.
Ordures and Megagere from Hors Piste, the French street circus company who’ll be giving a 40 minute show on Events Square at 7pm on September 19.
Les Oiseaux (Two Birds) street theatre which can be seen on The Moor at noon and 3pm on September 21.
- Matisse – Drawing with Scissors, Late Works at The Poly’s main gallery from September 14 until October 11.
- Merlin Art Auction 2013 exhibition, featuring work by over 50 of the region’s finest artists, at Falmouth Art Gallery from September 14 until October 4.
- Turkish Delight which showcases a small and unique exhibition by Penny Macbeth and Suzanne Crook in the Pink Shed on Events Square from 11am to 4pm throughout the festival.
- Art highlights: n A mural commissioned by A&P Falmouth and Falmouth Art Gallery and created by Vicki Gillow and Juliet Walshe will be displayed at the docks and visible from Events Square.
- Clay Heads – a drop-in workshop at Falmouth Art Gallery between 2pm and 3pm on September 14 when visitors will be able to create an image of yourself or a friend out of air-drying clay.
There will also be the Pop Up Art trail which will see a number of practising artists displaying their work in shop windows all the way through town, from The Moor to Events Square.
For a full programme of events and ticket details visit www.falmouth.co.uk or pick up one of the programmes that have been distributed around town.
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