By Tristan Harris Thursday 24 October 2013 Updated: 27/10 20:30
THE NEW-LOOK Bromsgrove Festival will be a month-long event which takes place between June 14 and July 20.
It will feature productions, concerts, exhibitions and events by groups from both Bromsgrove and further afield.
Venues for performances will include Artrix, Grafton Manor, St John’s Church and Avoncroft Museum.
The new directors, who were elected at the festival's AGM on October 9, say they will be maintaining the established tradition of providing a high level of entertainment, whilst ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Children and young people will be encouraged to play an active role through the Artrix New Generation Festival which will coincide with the main festival and provide opportunities for younger audiences, artists and performers.
The Bromsgrove Festival, established in 1960, has been run for more than 20 years as a celebration of mainly classical music by a council led by Dr Mary White.
The new team plans to return to the festival’s roots by reintroducing drama, film, dance, visual arts and other creative aspects to the programme.
The prestigious Young Musician’s Platform for performers aged between 17 and 25 will continue in April, independently from Bromsgrove Festival, as the Bromsgrove International Young Musicians’ Competition.
TC Peppercorn, Bromsgrove Festival co-ordinator, said: "Following a well-attended public meeting in August, it was clear many people and organisations from around Bromsgrove wanted to play an active role in re-establishing the festival as a celebration of all forms of creativity.
"The town and surrounding area has a rich tradition of arts activity from orchestras to amateur theatre companies to dance groups to artists working in varied media.
"Many members of Bromsgrove Arts Alive, the local umbrella organisation, have already scheduled events to fall within the festival period and it is anticipated more will follow."
Any other groups wanting to get involved in the 2014 programme or anyone wanting more information can email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Bromsgrove Festival Ltd c/o Artrix Arts Centre, School Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1AX.
The www.bromsgrovefestival.co.uk festival is being updated and more details will be available on there in due course.
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