Isle of Ely Arts Festival 2017
Festival time will soon be descending on Ely and East Cambridgeshire Villages as this year’s annual Isle of Ely Arts Festival line-up is revealed. The District is set for a month of performance, visual art, music, literature and fantastic local entertainment this summer running from 10 June to 15 July.
With a Fens theme this year, you can join Badger, Ratty, Mole and Toad for a perfect summer of adventure as Chapterhouse Theatre bring an outdoor production of The Wind in the Willows (sponsored by James Graven) to the East Lawn of Ely Cathedral on Saturday 1 July. What starts as a search for the best picnic spot rapidly turns into the most hilarious of escapades. Alive with music and song, this magical family show is presented in beautiful traditional costume and features a woodland parade during the interval for everyone to join in with! Please bring your own rugs or low-backed seating; picnics welcome from 12.30pm for a 1.30pm start.
There are plenty a host of friendly events throughout the month with a Summer Picnic Concert, a production of ‘Tiddy Mun’ from Lantern Dance Theatre – a ballet based on the ancient fen spirit. Eboracum Baroque who perform on period instruments are bringing a concert featuring Handel’s Water Music to St Mary’s Church in Ely.
There’s touring theatre too as The Isle of Ely Festival Players bring new comedy ‘Behind The Scenes – A Fenland Farce’ to our fen villages.
The Babylon Gallery in Ely is hosting three festival events – an intimate Boo Hewerdine concert, an evening of ‘Spooken Word’ with Pete Cardinal Cox poet in residence at the Dracula Society, and storytelling sessions on Aquafest day from Snail Tales.
There are more Fen themed events with visitors having the chance to enjoy ‘The Fen Experience’ at Haddenham Galleries who are also organising a calendar competition. Anyone can enter their photographs online with detail on the gallery’s website.
Events will be spread across the District from as far afield as Swaffham Bulbeck, Soham, Wicken, Witcham and Haddenham with some highlight events taking place in Ely. There is a family friendly concert from Sing! Choirs in the delightful surroundings of the Bishop’s Garden on Sunday 18 June and the festival will round off on Saturday 15 July with a final concert as Ely Sinfonia, Ely Choral Society and Ely Consort join forces to present Beethoven’s symphony no. 9 in D Minor at Ely Cathedral.
This is just a taster of what’s on offer you can pick up the festival’s distinctive FREE brochure at shops, galleries and venues throughout the District or download a copy online www.isleofelyartsfestival.org.uk or sign up on facebook to get regular updates. Book your tickets now from the festival box office at Babylon ARTS on 01353 616991.