Dales arts festival will return next year

The Advertiser Series: One of the artists in action at this year's festival. One of the artists in action at this year's festival.

A THREE-day festival of the arts will be back next year – following the runaway success of this year’s event.

More than 60 artists took part in the Dales Festival of Arts in Leyburn, featuring dance, arts, crafts and music.

It was the second time such an event had been held, coinciding with the town’s food and drink festival, and it proved such a hit with the public that producers are already working on next year’s extravaganza.

Caroline Pearce, of Luxi Ltd who organised the event for Richmondshire District Council, said: “The festival was a fantastic opportunity to bring a range of artists together, in the Dales, from the Dales and to the Dales.

“The food festival is such a fantastic event and brings opportunities for people in the town, which the new arts festival can be part of. We're looking forward to next year and the event going from strength to strength.”

Throughout the arts festival Leyburn’s Market Place was a hub of activity with dance, theatre and music performances alongside a showcase of work by local artists from across the Dales.

Dales Festival of Arts is supported by Arts Council England, Richmondshire District Council and the Yorkshire Festival.

More information can be found at artydales.org

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8:16pm Thu 8 May 14

jbelle says...

Sorry but I have to disagree with this report. Last year the centre of Leyburn was buzzing during the art festival. Shop windows were decorated, activities took place in various venues, the enclosed marquee was full of people appreciating the wonderful stalls. This year, when I visited, there was one open sided marquee exposed to the elements and cordoned off with tape, and one activity for children. Visitors, stall holders and local shop/cafe/gallery owners all said what a disaster the event was. If it is held next year it needs to be organised in a far more professional way.
Sorry but I have to disagree with this report. Last year the centre of Leyburn was buzzing during the art festival. Shop windows were decorated, activities took place in various venues, the enclosed marquee was full of people appreciating the wonderful stalls. This year, when I visited, there was one open sided marquee exposed to the elements and cordoned off with tape, and one activity for children. Visitors, stall holders and local shop/cafe/gallery owners all said what a disaster the event was. If it is held next year it needs to be organised in a far more professional way. jbelle
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