Town gears up to welcome arts festival participants

From left, Pat Francis, David Rozzell and Clare Rozzell of Wood Wire and Words, who are playing at Cafe Imbizo on Saturday, August 15
From left, Pat Francis, David Rozzell and Clare Rozzell of Wood Wire and Words, who are playing at Cafe Imbizo on Saturday, August 15
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ART, theatre, music and comedy are set to transform Fareham into a cultural hub as a popular festival returns for a second year.

The Fareham Arts Festival, which starts tomorrow and will last nine days, will take place at 14 venues around Fareham.

Festival organiser Beth Davis-Hofbauer

Festival organiser Beth Davis-Hofbauer

The jam-­packed programme boasts some big names.

For example, the international short film competition at the Ashcroft Arts Centre on Thursday will be judged by world-renowned industry experts, including Bafta winner and Oscar-nominated Daisy Jacobs, from Gosport.

The event has been organised by Beth Davis-­Hofbauer, an artist from Fareham, and her charity Live Art Local, which she set up two years ago to give artists the chance to display their work.

She said: ‘This year we have expanded this to art, theatre, music, comedy, literature and even knitting. I want to turn Fareham into a more creative place.’

All events are priced under £5 or free.

For a full list of events and venues and to buy tickets go to farehamartsfestival.co.uk.

LOUISA BALDWIN

Highlights of what’s on

Tomorrow

11am ­Children’s theatre workshop at Fareham Library, £1.50.

Midday ­Knitting at the Sensory Gardens, Trinity Street, free.

7pm ­Jim Chorley acoustic/folk singer songwriter at Cafe Imbizo, West Street, £3

Sunday

1.30pm ­Choir showcase at Locks Heath Shopping Village, Centre Way, free.

Monday

11am ­Book making workshop at Sticks Gallery, Shopping Centre, £4 including materials

1pm ­Short story workshop at Fareham Library, free.

7pm­ ‘Unexpected Places’ theatre at Cafe Imbizo, West Street, free.

Tuesday

10.30am/2pm ­Phil Tomlinson writing workshops at Fareham Library, free.

7pm ­Last Bus Home theatre group at Fareham Library, free.

Wednesday

10am The Lego Movie at 
Bursledon Brickworks, Coal 
Park Lane, Swanwick, £3 including museum entry.

7pm ­Open mic at Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, £2

Thursday

1pm ­Literature day at the Fareham Library, free.

2.45pm/7pm ­Apples and Snakes workshop, Fareham Library, £3/£5

7pm ­International Short Film Competition, Ashcroft Arts Centre, Osborn Road, £3.

Friday, August 14

1pm ­Sci­-fi writing at Fareham Library, free.

2pm ­Democracy street workshop at Ferneham Hall, free.

7pm ­Hip hop at Cafe Imbizo, West Street, free.

Saturday, August 15

11am ­Arts market at Locks Heath Shopping Village.

1pm ­ Children’s mixed media workshop at Sticks Gallery, Shopping Centre, £2.50

7pm ­Nick Tudgey and Wood, Wire and Words at Cafe Imbizo, West Street, £5

Sunday, August 16

2pm ­Di Elle and The Paper Trains at Ferneham Hall, £5