Garstang Arts Festival Programme 2014

Garstang Arts & Music Festival –
Monday 18th. to Monday 25th. August 2014
This summer marks a double-celebration for Garstang. 700 years since the Charter of 1314 established the right to hold a market and the 20th. annual Arts & Music Festival.
For 7 days up to and including Bank Holiday Monday the pretty market-town on the banks of the River Wyre echoes to the sound of street-performers, musicians and poets and, this year, one repentant actor.
Centred around the town’s historic Arts Centre, which will host exhibitions, concerts and comedy, the action spills out into the streets, weinds and venues such as the library, local churches, community halls and the Tithebarn.
The actor in question was George Frederick Cooke, an 18th. century classical actor ordered by an irate management to apologise for his drunken renditions of Richard III. The true story of the Actor’s Apology is presented by Dean Taylor Productions at 7.30 on Wednesday 20th. in the Arts Centre.
There is a wide variety of music on offer, from Gilbert and Sullivan (Thursday evening, Arts Centre) to the John Towers Big Band (Friday evening, Cabus Village Hall) to the Lancaster Male Voice Choir (Saturday, Park Hill Road Methodist Church) to a Palm Court concert (Thursday afternoon, Arts Centre) and the Lune Valley Jazz Band (Sunday evening, Th’Owd Tithebarn).
Folk music and dance feature at Th’Owd Tithebarn on Sunday afternoon where Janet and Alan Burns invite singers and musicians to sing or play along with them in an informal session, a concert with Dean Fraser at Garstang Library (Tuesday) and the the OverWyre Cloggers will be performing in Cherestanc Square during the afternoon of the Town Criers’ Competition on the Bank Holiday Monday.
The 3rd. Annual Lecture is by Mr Francis Fitzherbert-Brockholes on the history of the Brockholes family (Tuesday evening, the Arts Centre).
Poetry in performance also has its place this year in the form of Walking on Wyre, the culmination of a series of creative writing workshops inspired by the River Wyre (Wednesday, Booths Cafe) and a presentation by Dean Fraser (Thursday, Garstang Library).
Pick up a programme from the Arts Centre, 01995 606648 or the Visit Garstang Centre, 01995 602125 or visit