Arts festival plans move a step closer

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Bulwell is to host its first arts festival to showcase the talent in the community.

The Bulwell Arts Festival Planning Meeting took place on 20th February at the Bulwell Academy.

People present included Barbara Bates, from Bulwell Forest Community Gardens, Rosemary MacLennan, of NottArt, Bill Blackamore, from the Bulwell Forest Action Group and Kayleigh Glasper and Alan Humbert, from the Firebird Trust.

Also present were Linda Abbott, of Bulwell EIP, Christine Harrison representing Bulwell United Reform Church, councillors John Hartshorne and Jackie Morris and Michelle Cooke, of the One Vision Partnership.

Bill Blackamore, who is also the Secretary of the Bulwell Arts Festival 2014, said: “We are hoping that the programme will feature all existing creative groups and locations within our community of Bulwell.

“It would be helpful if people might consider how their organisation can contribute to this, the first year’s programme.

“The festival enjoys the full support of Nottingham City Council and our local MP and councilors.”

The planning meeting was told that there had been a number of fantastic one-off events over recent years but that there was now “enough commitment and enthusiasm” to pilot a Bulwell Arts Festival this summer.

The festival is planned to run from 5th July to 19th July at a number of locations.

It is hoped that the event will prove such as success that it will become an annual event.

Empty shops could be used as pop-up exhibition spaces.

The planning meeting also agreed to hold two ‘open’ meetings, the first on Saturday 15th March at Bulwell United Reform Church, and the second on Wednesday 19th March at the Riverside.