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Art showcased at Wisbech festival

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A Wisbech-based arts festival is currently underway – with a packed two-week programme offering something for all ages and all tastes.

The Brinks Festival 2015 kicked off on Monday and runs until May 24 at venues all over town.

We provide a run-down of a number of the events lined up in the festival – from poetry and literature for schools to film screenings. For more details visit the website www.thebrinksfestival.org


10am Octavia Hill Birthplace House – Octavia Hill Flower Club provide glorious flowers on display. Normal house admission fees apply.

7.30pm Poetry Promenade with Peter Cox, 7.30pm Wisbech Council Chamber, entry £3.


9am The Boathouse, Nene Parade, Wisbech – Shaken Not Stirred by Tony Heaton, free entry.

Art 4 All – Big 4 Day by Tony Heaton, Tony and students create a temporary sculpture for Wisbech’s Centenary Green, free event.

Street Arts and Craft Day, 10am, Wisbech Market Place, selection of crafts featured by Long Sutton Barns.

2pm Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House, Patrick Wildgust, curator of the Laurence Sterne Trust, shows how Sterne’s work inspired contemporary artists, entry £3.

7pm Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House – Evening of Jane Austen’s Music with David Wright, entry £3.


11am Centenary Green, Wisbech – Deckchair Parade, an artistic arrangement of 92 deckchairs, entry free.

2pm Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House – L S Lowry The Rent Collector Who Also Paints, talk by The Lowry’s director of visual arts Michael Simpson, entry £3.

6.45pm St Peter’s Church Hall, Wisbech – an evening of Old Time Music Hall, entry £5.

7.30pm Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House – Reflections on the Ouse Washes, a talk by local historian Mike Petty, entry £3.


10am Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House – Wisbech Arles Twinning Town Walk covering heritage locations around the town, free event.

10am Wisbech Market Place – country and western themed Love Your Local Market day featuring country music and themed attractions, free event.

11.30am Centenary Green, Wisbech – Uncle Mick’s Magical Punch and Judy Show, free event.

7pm Octavia Hill’s Birthplace House – Save Our Piano Concert, a concert performed by Clive Donald’s Octavia Piano Group, entry £3.

7.30pm, Mendi’s Steward’s Room – Antiques 4 All, a masterclass by Rakesh Ganger of Riverside Interiors, entry £3.

8pm Wisbech Conservative Club – Brinks Festival Quiz, plus light refreshments, entry £20 per team, maximum of six people.


10am – visit to Long Sutton Barns community-based arts and crafts centre. Entry £3.

3pm St Peter’s Church, Wisbech – Faure’s Requiem Concert by the Clarkson Singers. Free – donations welcome.

Monday, May 18

10am Centenary Green, Wisbech – 10,000 years of Wisbech History in a day by graffiti artist James Mayle, entry free.

7pm The Luxe Cinema, Wisbech – The Secret World of Charles Dickens with Magic Circle Comedy award winner Ian Keable, entry £6.

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