Hertford Arts Festival gets off to a ‘great start’

PUBLISHED: 11:41 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:21 14 April 2016

Hertford Arts Festival launch

Hertford Arts Festival launch

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More than 100 visitors attended the launch of the 2016 Hertford Arts Festival at Hertford Castle.

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The evening event showcased the 18 artists who are exhibiting in the Hertford Art Trail.

Each artist exhibited one piece of artwork at Hertford Castle.

In addition, a number of artists spoke about the inspiration behind their work alongside projected photographs of their work.

The mayor of Hertford, councillor Linda Radford, gave a welcome speech to visitors and highlighted that 50 per cent of the proceeds from the event went to the mayor’s charity, which is the British Heart Foundation.

The mayor also spoke about the varied exhibitions, performances and activities taking place during the Hertford Arts Festival, which runs until May 8.

Highlights from the events programme include:

* The Hertford Art Trail, running until May 8.

The public can view eighteen pop-up art exhibitions around the town centre free of charge.

* Hertford’s English Celebration Street Festival on Saturday, April 23.

Marking St George’s Day and the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, this event includes a variety of live performances from Punch & Judy shows to fire breathing, a medieval puppeteer to live music and dance acts.

* Courtyard Open Exhibition running until April 16 at Courtyard Gallery.

* Hertford Theatre Week organised by Hertford Dramatic & Operatic at Hertford Theatre from Monday, April 18 to Saturday, April 23.

* Hertford Art Society 64th Annual Open Exhibition at Cowbridge Halls, from May 1 to May 14.

* Hertford Castle Craft Market and Open Day on May 8.

This event marks the finale to the Hertford Arts Festival, with the Castle open to the public free of charge.

More than 30 stall holders will be selling craft merchandise such as handmade jewellery, toys, stationery and cards, jams and preserve, crafted furniture, knitted clothing and much more.

The full Hertford Arts Festival programme can be downloaded online by visiting www.hertford.gov.uk/events

The public can also pick up a paper programme from the Hertford Town & Tourist Information Centre.

Chairman of Hertford Town Council’s development and leisure committee, Cllr Jane Sartin, said: “The 2016 Hertford Arts Festival got off to a great start with the very well-attended exhibition at Hertford Castle.

“There is lots going on in the town over the coming weeks as part of the festival, with something to suit every interest.”


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