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Canopy artsJAB: Forest of Dean Creative Showcase Festival

Cre­ative organ­i­sa­tions with­in the For­est of Dean join togeth­er for a com­bined arts event. A day of fun for all the family!

On 2nd October Canopy is planning an arts showcase festival at the West Dean Centre, Bream, funded by Forest of Dean District Council, the West Dean Parish Council and Arts Council England.

Creative organisations within the Forest of Dean will join together for this combined arts event, taking part in the nationwide Fun Palaces weekend.

For nearly 18 months many people have been suffering in various ways from the impacts of Covid. The value and effect that the arts can have on how people feel about life is considerable.

This festival will bring local communities together and lift spirits, as well as celebrating the diverse and wonderful creative talent available right on our doorstep. The range of opportunities provided will encourage young and old, families, the vulnerable, elderly and socially isolated to get involved.

the artsJAB programme includes
a parade along the central high street involving musicians, members of the silver bands, dancers, performers and banners
performers representing their organisation in dance, music, theatre, poetry, film and literature
stalls and practical workshops by a variety of creatives
local schools invited to participate in the celebrations
Canopy will use this event as a model for further events in towns throughout the Forest of Dean – Coleford, Newent, Cinderford and more – over the next 12 – 24 months.