Happy Hour joins Mansfield Arts Festival - have you?
The programme for the first Mansfield Arts Festival is filling up with a range of events and activities from art exhibitions to open air theatrical performances and photography displays to dance, all celebrating the best of Mansfield's art and culture.
Inspired by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Mansfield Arts Festival will take place between 7 and 15 July. The festival will see Mansfield District Council, including its Palace Theatre and Museum, Mansfield Library, The Old Library, Vision West Notts, schools and community groups come together to create an exciting programme of activities and events for everyone across the District to get involved in.
Deborah Carlin and Rebecca Noakes from Out of the Blue Arts have registered their event Happy Hour as one of the activities people can take part in during the festival. They will be asking people in Mansfield draw, write or talk about what makes them happy about Britain. They will be running drop-in sessions at Mansfield Museum, the Old Library and Ten Green Bottles in the Market Square on 7 and 8 July.
The information collected will then be used to devise a performance on prejudice and tolerance to be performed by a cast of local people at the Crescent Centre in August.
Deborah and Rebecca are looking forward to being part of the Mansfield Arts Festival and hope their event will bring a smile to people's faces: "There seems to be a lot of unhappiness and bad feeling in the country at the moment and we want to address this by helping people to connect and think about what makes then happy.
"We hope to bring a different form of art and performance to the Mansfield area, getting people involved and doing something that we truly love by connecting with other people. We want to get people involved in arts, who perhaps normally have an interest."
People are still being invited to register to take part in the festival by holding their own performance or exhibition.
Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: "The Mansfield Arts Festival aims to capture and showcase the variety of artistic talent across the District. This is an exciting new event for the District and we are keen to have as many people involved in the week's activities as possible. Deborah and Rebecca have chosen to facilitate art by asking others to draw or describe happiness and their out of the box approach shows you can be creative with your ideas of how to take part in the festival."
If you would like to stage your own event during the week please complete the form at www.mansfield.gov.uk/artsfestival. Performances and exhibitions can take place in a venue local to you, or the Council may be able to help you find a suitable indoor or outdoor venue. All registered events will be promoted as part of the festival - subject to approval.
The final date for submitting details of your event is Friday 18 May. For more information, please contact Andrew Tucker, Cultural Services Manager on 01623 412 950 or firstname.lastname@example.org.