THE Wisbech Arts Festival is a new project running out of Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House for this year as it is a memorial year - 100 years since her death.
Octavia Hill (pictured) was a champion of the Arts as much as Open Space and Housing. She thought that people needed the arts to give them a sense of enjoyment in life, however difficult that life may be, and one of her mottos was “Art for All”.
Next year, and hopefully continuing on, the Festival team are expecting to have different themes and bring in more artists from different cultures while still including as many local artists, makers and performers as they can.
However, this year is still a pretty full schedule!
Several exhibitions are already lined up around the area, using a number of Wisbech buildings, some of which rarely get used.
Hope this will bring them more recognition and ensure they’re used more so their future as community buildings is assured.
There are a number of lectures and a walk introducing the Arts areas of Wisbech.
A fabulous speaker is lined up for the photography fans amongst you and a whole day for a photography workshop. Another day is set aside for a number of other workshops, including theatrical, mosaics, painting and sculpture. These workshops will incur a small charge, but the majority of the events and exhibitions are free to visit.
Many of the people and places are providing their services for free, including all of the team putting together the schedule.
They hope you enjoy at least one of the events they have found for you, most of which are being put on especially for the festival.