Arts festival set for start

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VIKINGS are out in Eastwood this week promoting the town’s annual arts festival.

The Scandinavians are invading the high street on Saturday in a Viking longboat to hand out Eastwood Arts Festival brochures as part of the big launch event.

The Bob Wilson Jazz band will play throughout the day, stilt walker Martin Shaw is set to wow the kids with his magical balloon modelling and artist Paul Atchinson will demonstrate his painting techniques.

The festival launch event is held every year and gives people the chance to talk to organisers face-to-face about events on the programme.

With over 35 events throughout the summer the festival offers something for everyone.

There will be theatre shows and plays, a fun day, craft workshops, singing and dancing, a school carnival parade and as a tribute to local artist Maureen Lowe who sadly died last year, some painting workshops.

Eastwood Mayor Ken Woodhead and deputy Mayor Ian Stevens will be at the event on Saturday.

The festival, organised by Broxtowe Borough Council and the festival steering committee in Eastwood, is now in its 11th year and is as popular as ever with more voluntary groups and organisations taking part each year.

A council spokesman said: “The steering group have worked extra hard to ensure only the best for Eastwood providing some fantastic professional performances.”

The first event will be a jewellery making workshop at Durban House in Mansfield Road on July 3.

If anyone would like to get involved and join the steering committee they should call 0115 917 3695 or email

n For a full line-up of the events in this year’s arts festival see next week’s Advertiser for a cut out and keep what’s on guide.