St.Helens International Arts Festival 2010 – 17 July

I can’t see any mention of visual arts here but should be a fun day…

St.Helens International Arts Festival 2010

It’s time to party and enjoy the carnival atmosphere as the St.Helens International Arts Festival takes place throughout the Town Centre on Saturday 17th July 2010 (11am-5pm).

Artists from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean will visit the Town Centre to perform a vibrant mix of music, dance and street entertainment. The free event organised by St.Helens Council and Brouhaha International arts organisation will be one of the many highlights of the 2010 festival programme across Merseyside.

The St.Helens International Arts Festival event starts with a colourful carnival parade at aprox 11am outside the Town Hall in Victoria Square, which will weave its way throughout the Town Centre and finish at 12 noon in Church Square which will commence the international performances throughout the day.

Festival organisers have promised 2010 will not disappoint, with performers attending from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean to mark this year’s theme of ‘Reincarnation’ – Mixing the Race of the Nation’.

Councillor Barrie Grunewald, Cabinet Member for Culture, Communications and Town Centre said: “We aim to enhance the image and appeal of St.Helens for residents and visitors alike. Events such as the International Arts Festival add a real vibrancy to the Town Centre, creating an enjoyable and stimulating experience for all ages. The International Arts Festival will help to develop a cooperative spirit, engaging local community in a truly dynamic programme. We are sure the event will prove hugely popular and generate an increased number of visitors, which in turn will benefit town centre retailers and add to the economic success of the Borough.”

Brouhaha is an arts organisation developing work that brings people together in a celebration of the UK’s unique and culturally diverse landscape. Brouhaha has built a tremendous reputation, over two decades, developing innovative cultural projects, working with artists and communities across Europe, the Caribbean, Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, and the Far East.

Come and join the rhythm of carnival, shake your maracas or just dance along to the infectious beat of drums. Enjoy the party; you’re all invited.

The St.Helens International Arts Festival is financially supported by European Regional Development Fund.

For more information visit www.sthelens.gov.uk/events or telephone on 01744 675326.

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