The Belper Arts Trail is here again.

This year 130 artists will take up residence in 58 venues around the centre of town displaying and selling an enormous variety of art and crafts on Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday – 5th and 6th May. The venues are many and varied including many of Belper's shops, cafes, churches, pubs and halls. Our association with the exciting Love Belper initiative has meant many more new venues this year. In particular we would like to thank Nourish at No44 for opening their doors to be a venue for the first time and, additionally, for their sponsorship support.

We have many new artists joining us for the first time this year so please do look out for them and do also look out for workshops and demonstrations that will be in a good few places so people can see art in action.

There will be a full programme of music taking place with the main stage being in The Memorial Gardens – which becomes a hub of activity with food and drink stalls, children's entertainment and some street theatre courtesy of Captive Audience. There will be another stage – the Terrace Stage - at Nourish at No44 and further busk stops at, Vegan Revelation and The Studio

It is no surprise that Captain Dan and his pirates make a return to The Ritz Cinema for yet more swashbuckling performances. Twistin Tots will also be entertaining children during the Trail and there may even be Punch and Judy at the Scout Hut behind The Methodist Church.

This year Adrian Farmer has changed the format of his heritage and art walks during the two days and introduced a competitive edge to things. Thank you Adrian.

We have kept the split trail from last year – Upper Trail and Lower Trail – with both colour coded differently. So please do enjoy yourself and we hope you have a wonderful two days.

Entry to the Trail is by buying a wristband for £3 per person and you will also get a brochure. These are on sale now at TimeandAgain, Nourish at No44, Fleet Arts, Sue's Sustainables, North Mill Museum and Duffield Art Gallery. In addition there will be gazebos in the Market Place and on the Memorial Gardens on the days of the Trail where you can buy plus at the entry to Strutts Community Centre.

Posted: Wed, 01 May 2019 14:45 by Rosemary Bridges

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