Shaftesbury Will Host England’s Third-Biggest Fringe Following Record Registrations

Award-winning comedian Heidi Regan. Photo: Karla Gowlett

Shaftesbury Fringe organisers say that the three-day event is now England’s third-largest open-access arts festival, based on performance numbers. When artist registration closed on Thursday night, 139 separate performances had been booked, a massive increase from the 83 events offered as part of the 2017 schedule. Only Brighton and Manchester offer larger fringe festivals in England with more performances. Full story: Read more

First Od Arts Festival set for rural South Somerset this May

Megan Calver and Gabrielle Hoad with Susie David, The Buffer Zone, 2016, Photo by Susie David. Megan Calver and Gabrielle Hoad will be performing at the Od Arts Festival.

A new Arts Festival will bring artists and audiences together for an unforgettable weekend of contemporary art in the villages of East and West Coker. The Od Arts Festival will bring together public artworks, performances, paintings and video works that were selected from an open call, to which over 70 artists applied. Full story: Read more

Langport in the Picture 

Earlier this year, Langport Artist Donna Vale, responded to a call to tender for a piece of work for Westminster Abbey and in February, Donna was delighted to be informed that she had been successful and commissioned by The Royal Commonwealth Society and Westminster Abbey to provide the Commonwealth Service with a commemorative and unique artwork. Full story: Read more