Its all free, yet so much to see and do.
A chance for all to have ago at different areas of creativity To watch and listen and have a great day
A dynamic and diverse community arts festival
Sat. 20th & Sun. 21st May
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Featured on The Voice (series 5) 2016, On team Will,. And this is what they had to say about her….
“ Charley’s audition was pretty typical... you know, just another singing, rapping violin player who takes on an alter-
Now the 24-
Well she did not win but she still plays a mean violin and its great she is coming all the way to lill old Blandford.
Check her out and follow these links
Roll over Beethoven: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03fl8s9
Love Plague: https://youtu.be/SA_VTnWmjvs
Traktor : https://youtu.be/fUfi5JGCP1I
Jamie Jigsaw will be entertaining the children through circus workshops, demonstrating juggling, stilt walking, magic & balloon modelling. Also over the day he will be doing some walk abouts on stilts around the town.
Johnathan Searls Sculpting workshop http://www.jonathan-
Jonathan is based in Dorset and is an established stone carver. He has exhibited his work extensively in Dorset and countrywide, including the Barbican Centre in London where he was invited to give sculpture demonstrations. He will be running a drop-
`Airtime` Circus Creations http://airtimecircuscreations.weebly.com
In the morning they will hold trapeze workshops, followed by a performance Early Evening. Emily Redsell started up airtime and is from Blandford.
Airtime is a blend of circus, dance and physical theatre. The piece they will be performing is a new collaboration set to make its debut this spring. Combining their love for creating and playing both on the ground and in the air "Send me a postcard" is ready to entice the whole family. Using the stimulus of a quote "take these broken wings and learn to fly", Hannah and Emily have been playing with taking flight and the struggles of learning how to grow up. We have been collaborating with some of our favourite people using dance, circus including cyr wheel, hooping, trapeze and rope. Along with some good old theatre we entice you into our bizarre world and take you on our great migration of life.
Wire Sculpture Workshop with Jo Burchel http://joburchell.com/
Sculptor Jo Burchell showing you how to sculpt in wire.
running along side there will be the opportunity in finishing the mosaic of last year
Peter Rush Meet the Mantis http://www.peterrushart.co.uk
Peter Rush, a local artist to Blandford, was freelance illustrator for BBC TV 'Jackanory' for twenty five years, then focused on paper sculpture modelling. He will be showing off his 10m PRAYING MANTIS PUPPET the week before the event. Made with plastic bags, stretched by heating. Its been Shown at 'Glastonbury', 'Bestival' and 'Henley Youth Festival', Mantis is mobile and interacts, popular, particularly with children. So come down to Blandford the morning of Sat 28th and meet the Mantis.
Classical Concert in Blandfords Church of St Peter & St Paul http://www.drms-
Another fabulous classical concert arranged by the Dorset Rural Music School. The concert will be an eclectic combination of local musicians, both soloists and ensembles, as well as two choirs from the area. The programme is constantly updating so watch
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Doodle Fantastic A continuous roll of paper where people get the chance to put their doodle. This year gets better, the festival van is added to the mix where you can doodle on the van which will then be entered in Blandford Carnival
Any Paint Challenge 4hrs to paint a scene of Blandford .
Alfed el Mago www.alfredoelmago.com
Alfredo is a close up magician, now based in Blandford Forum, Dorset, after living in Spain for some years. With his unique brand of zany magic he will liven up any event.
Alfredo the Magic Man likes to do magic with ordinary, everyday objects, string, coins, keys, paper, as well as cards. 'What I love about close up magic, is that it brings out the child in people', says Alfredo.
We are very sad that due to unfortunate circumstances he is not able to attend on the day. But do visit his website and take a look at what he does.
Tip of the Pops wheelbarrow disco
Experimental solar powered wheelbarrow disco made from reclaimed waste.
One Life One World Don't Waste it! Tip of the Pops is the antidote to Apples ipod a subversive and anarchic discotheque made from waste transported in a wheelbarrow. Earwig the 'barra' is a pop-
We have up to 9 workshops including African drumming, dance and storytelling, the ever popular stone carving. Join in The Pottery Parlour for the Saturday Workshop.
Charley Blue, electric violinist, who performed in the 2016 The Voice (series 5)
Circus Airtime creation as seen last year, but bigger & better.
Classical Concert arranged by the Dorset Rural Music School, A community performance with a difference, Stalls and of course the first Great Dorset Art Fair.
See you all in May…
Vanessa Conyers/ Pottery Parlour http://www.potteryparlourdorset.co.uk
The Parlour is dedicated to proper pottery, creating work from the very beginning, starting with raw clay. The staff aim to provide you with a memorable creative experience.
At African Activities they are proud to be the leading supplier of African themed workshops across England. An African Activities workshop guarantees an authentic and quality experience from their exceptional artists.They are proud to work with international musicians who they believe are the best you will find outside Africa, their musicians work across every continent except Antarctica and the Arctic!
You can view their workshops on CBeebies and the BBC.
Their workshop will bring Africa to the streets of Blandford and as they say “ we feel we have a lot to offer!”
Baffling Blandford www.artoftheimpossible.com/magic/baffling-
A magical mystery tour, starting from the Crown Hotel at 4pm.
A pinch of history, a dash of comedy, a load of mystery.
It’s a town walk for adults, but fun for children (6+) too.
Tickets £8 (families £20, concs £7) from Blandford TIC, Crown Hotel Reception or just turn up!
Launching at the Free Expression Festival and continuing on Sundays from 21 May – 10 September.
JOHN HOUSE FOSSIL ART (in collaboration with Blandford Museum) http://www.johnhousefossilart.com/
Using a pre made pallet you are asked to make your own fossil image using various natural items. sticks seeds berries bark nuts etc. As the glue sets there are two options:
1) To have a visual demonstration on how fossils are created.
2) To create a cave painting on a pre prapared pallet infused
with sand to look like rock.
Once the glue has set the work is painted. Whilst waiting for the paint to dry you have the opportunity to look at some real fossils and try to match them to the model dinosaurs. Finally sand is added to the image to finish the work.
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