PERFORMANCES from the world of music, theatre, literature and film wowed audiences and came to a grand finale as part of the nine-day festival of the arts.
The Fareham Arts Festival returned for the second year last week and closed yesterday with a foot-tapping performance from Americana string band the Paper Trains, from Sarisbury Green, and singer-songerwriter Dielle, from Wickham.
Our whole thing is about getting the community involved in the arts. People don’t realise what fantastic talent there is out there.
The acts put on an entertaining show at the Ferneham Hall to a packed house.
Event organiser, Beth Davis-Hofbauer, said the festival was a great success.
She has worked tirelessly for the past nine months to make sure everything went smoothly – doing it all for the future of her town.
She said: ‘Our whole thing is about getting the community involved in the arts. People don’t realise what fantastic talent there is out there.
‘Most people are just glad that we’re making stuff happen in Fareham because not much does.’
The festival saw a range of activities take place at various venues across Fareham – from learning circus skills at workshops to a group knit to folk music.
Children were delighted to attend the Hug-a-Bug workshop at Bursledon Brickworks Industrial Museum in Swanwick and the ceramic cafe, where people could decorate mugs, plates, pots and ornaments, also proved popular.
Film lovers were treated to showings from Daisy Jacobs, a Bafta winner and Oscar nominee and Anna Cady, whose films have appeared at Sundance at Fareham’s International Short Film Competition, which was held at Ashcroft Arts Centre.
Other events were held at Cafe Imbizo, in West Street, Stubbington Library, the Delme Arms and Locks Heath Shopping Village.
One of the contributors was Phil Tomlinson.
The children’s author from Leicestershire ran a number of workshops at Fareham Library.
He said: ‘We looked at how to get your work published and the routes that you might take. It’s just about freeing their imagination and finding stuff inside them that they never thought was there.’
Mr Tomlinson was signing copies of his two published books, The Soul Snatcher and Monkey Puzzler.
The spooky stories are the first two in a science-fiction mystery trilogy with the third to be released next year.