Saturday, December 2, 2023

Belper Fringe in Lockdown

Lockdown has seen Belper lose its vibrant culture and festivals this summer, but Belper Fringe has arranged a program of online events and performances, so that you can still enjoy all that Belper has to offer within the arts.

The virtual events are accessible through the Facebook page, and the website.

Chair of Belper Fringe, Paul Terry gave the following introduction,

“Well here we go… It’s Fringe time. Not how we expected it to happen but we have to make the most of it… hence virtual Fringe. First of all a big thank you to Andy Mayers. It’s his talents and commitment that has made this possible.

“We must also thank our major sponsors:  Local solicitors Ellis-Fermor and Negus, and Belper Town Council. We also had a contribution from Alan Bellfield Ltd. Unfortunately we suspended sponsorship once we knew we couldn’t proceed with the full festival so didn’t have the required amount needed to apply for charitable status. However we have received pledges from: Lubrizol, Pauline Latham OBE MP, Derek Latham.   So we should be OK for next year.
We must also thank the committee members for their hard work. Particularly Jayne Nemeth for organising Belper Artisans and Kim Kerry/ Anne Clark for Woollen Woods. And of course all those crafters who produce the goods. I understand Woollen Woods will be dedicating its efforts to all the NHS and front line staff who we very much appreciate. Hopefully later in the year.

“During the course of the next 5 weeks we have a multitude of talented performers and story tellers for you to enjoy. Thanks to all who have committed..with an array of activities on VE Day, 8th May. So enjoy, stay safe and stay home.”

There will be a Make it Monday craft activity every Monday, and there are bedtime stories airing on may nights. Craft and artist workshops from Fleet Arts. An online talk from local author Shirley Mann about her novel ‘Lily’s War’. Music from Marisha Kay, Duo Piccolo e Grande and the Eastwood Collieries’ Male Voice Choir.

There will also be a full day of events for VE Day on the 8th May Bank Holiday (details to follow soon).

Bedtime stories for children and adults will be starting on Monday 4th May at 6.30pm with a story written and read by Fliss Goldsmith, and much more to come.

There is a children’s portrait competition running right now, and at 6.30pm today Fliss Goldsmith will be reading a bedtime story.


Clare Washbrook

Current Editor-in-Chief News and magazine editor since 1995 Post-grads: Literature; Theatre; Journalism, Ethics & Law Community Affiliations: Belper Goes Green, Belper's WW1 Poppies, Amber Valley Solidarity No political party memberships/affiliations.

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