St George’s Day English Celebration Street Festival in Hertford
PUBLISHED: 14:24 14 April 2016 | UPDATED: 14:24 14 April 2016
A major street festival will take place in the county town to celebrate both St George’s Day and the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
Hertford residents and visitors to the town centre on Saturday, April 23 will be able to enjoy a wide variety of street performances during the English-themed celebration to mark St George’s Day and the Bard’s death 400 years ago.
There will be street music, theatre, storytelling with fire-breathing, and dance between 10.45am and 4.30pm in Hertford town centre.
The public will be able to enjoy street performances in Parliament Square, Bircherley Green Shopping Centre and for the first time, on the green space next to Hertford Theatre by the Samuel Stone Statue.
The performance areas will feature live folk style music, puppet shows, Morris dancing, and classic Shakespeare, including the pupils of Mill Mead performing a mini Macbeth in Parliament Square at 2.30pm.
Councillor Jane Sartin, chairman of Hertford Town Council’s development and leisure committee, said: “This year’s English Celebration Street Festival will be extra special as it falls on St George’s Day itself, and on the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare’s death.
“From theatre and fire-breathing to music and Punch and Judy shows, there will be entertainment for everyone.
“This is part of Hertford Town Council’s programme of events and activities to support our town centre.”
The event will start with the Hertfordshire Holly Morris Dancers dancing in Parliament Square from 10.45am to 11.30am, and then a further session in Bircherley Green from 12.15pm to 1pm.
There will be three Punch and Judy puppet shows in Bircherley Green Shopping Centre throughout the day, with the first performance at 11am.
A Medieval puppeteer performing tales of Robin Hood will start proceedings on the green space by Hertford Theatre, also at 11am.
Celtic Harmony from Brickendon will be telling stories of olden times and providing warrior talks – some also with fire breathing in all three performance spaces.
Drama students from Hertford Regional College will be performing famous speeches from Shakespeare in all three performance areas, and during the Shakespearean Hertford Guided Walk, which starts at 2pm.
Tickets for this walk cost £5 and are available from the Hertford Town and Tourist Information Centre in Market Place or telephone 01992 584322.
Soprano Lucy Black will be singing Last Night of the Proms favourites, while the Bullenbush Trio and Mike Excell will be performing English folk music.
The English Celebration Street Festival is part of the Hertford Arts Festival that runs until May 8, which includes the Hertford Art Trail.
A number of artists will be demonstrating their skills at part of the Street Festival in a gazebo in the Bircherley Green Shopping Centre.
The celebration also coincides with the fourth anniversary of the opening of Leaf Café in Old Cross, which will be running drop-in craft and writing sessions for children in the afternoon and a sonnet writing competition.
Detailed information on the Street Festival programme and the Hertford Arts Festival are available on gohertford.co.uk/events or from the Town and Tourist information Centre.
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