Nearly half of all events in this year’s Leek Arts Festival programme will be free of charge, festival organisers have confirmed. The festival, missing for the past two years because of the pandemic, is bouncing back next month with a line up of national and international stars alongside dozens of events featuring local artists and groups.
Nearly half of all events in this year’s Leek Arts Festival programme will be free of charge, festival organisers have confirmed.
The festival, missing for the past two years because of the pandemic, is bouncing back next month with a line up of national and international stars alongside dozens of events featuring local artists and groups.
A key feature of this year’s Leek Arts Festival programme will be the number of events on offer completely free of charge.
And one of the earliest free gigs will feature an explosion of sound and culture as the Tri Nations Trio hit the stage at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre for a spectacular concert on May 4.
This newly-formed group has collaborated to bring a unique new sound to audiences across the country.
The Tri Nations Trio – TNT – features Mr Will, a Stoke-on-Trent based musician of dual heritage with over 20 years experience as an international finger-style guitarist, percussionist, composer and teacher; along with Zimbabwean singer and percussionist Bruce Ncube and Gambian singer and kora player Sefo Kanuteh.
Their Leek performance is part of a project, funded by Arts Council England, which has allowed the trio to share and compose material which they are now performing in various locations across the UK including Lichfield, Manchester, Nottingham, Stoke-on-Trent, and Norwich.
Arts Festival Chairman Phil Edmeades said: “This promises to be an exciting night out featuring three brilliant musicians who will be supported by the Leek U3A African Drumming Group.
“Incredibly, we’ve been able to secure this gig at absolutely no cost, allowing us to put it on free of charge.
“Anyone who wants to enjoy the buzz of culture and creativity exploding from TNT just needs to turn up at Leek’s Foxlowe Arts Centre at 7.30pm on Wednesday, May 4. They don’t need a ticket and they won’t be asked to pay for the experience.”
Other free events in the 2022 Leek Arts Festival programme include a string quartet concert in the rear yard of a local pub on May 8, a day of folk music and storytelling on May 14, free ska music sessions, free Blues and Americana events and a gathering of hundreds of scooter enthusiasts on May 22.
Major ticketed events include Eddi Reader on May 13, Scott Doonican – frontman of the madcap Barsteward Sons of Val Doonican – on May 20, Fairport Convention on May 25, Climax Blues Band on May 28, comedian Boothby Graffoe on June 3; and internationally renowned jazz flautist Gareth Lockrane who will be appearing with the Joe Tatton Trio on June 8.
Tickets for all these events are available at The Foxlowe Arts Centre or online atwww.leekartsfestival.co.ukwhere further information and full programme listings can be found.
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