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Bedford Creative Arts presents the Almanac Festival

Bedford Creative Arts presents the Almanac Festival
(22nd to 24th February 2013)


Bedford Creative Arts, the charity who last year were responsible for the beautiful installation in St Paul’s Square, Lace in Place, and the spectacular new choral work Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things, is pleased to announce a weekend of art made in Bedford.


The Almanac Festival will take place in Bedford from the 22nd to 24th February 2013, fuelled by unique contributions from local people.


Bedford Creative Arts’ Director Dawn Giles gives a taste of what to expect:


“Experience magical night time light projections, take part in animated discussions, and visit our pop up cinema to see films made in Bedford. Become a walking musical instrument in our new interactive sound installation, or drink tea, take a walk with us and find out more about how afternoon tea started in Bedfordshire. Come and hear the Concerto Magnificent, a concert of new music with words written by you, the people of Bedford. Look up for our new High Street installation and look out for our Town Crier!”


The festival will kick off on the Friday night, lighting up the night with Laced Words, a new artwork by Arabel Rosillo de Blas and Kathy Hinde, which will lace 1 St Paul’s Square with light and sound.

Full Almanac Festival events listings:


‘Laced Words’
Piazza Kiosk & 1 St Paul’s Square
Friday 22nd February, from 6.30pm – 8pm
Wrap up warm and join us for drinks at our opening event, as we light up the night.  To celebrate the end of artist Arabel Rosillo de Blas’ amazing Lace in Place, created for St Paul’s Square by Bedfordians. Arabel and audio-visual artist Kathy Hinde will lace the building with light and sound, while the Piazza Kiosk will provide warming drinks and great company.


Café Almanac Artists Talks
The Studio Club, 32 Alexandra Road
Saturday 23rd February, from 2pm – 3.30pm
Go behind the scenes, join the debate and ask questions.  We’ve invited Bedfordshire artists Aaron Head, Andy Holden and Dominic from Luton to present art and ideas relating to their home towns. Join us at the Studio Club for what promises to be a lively and thought-provoking afternoon.


A Walk and a Cuppa
Ground Floor Coffee, Kings House, Ampthill Road
Saturday 23rd February, from 3pm – 5pm
See one of the biggest cakes ever - and then eat it! As one of our ‘mini commissions’, local artist Kezia Hall is asking you to help us to create the town’s largest cake, inspired by your own local stories, and the Duchess of Bedford, the creator of Afternoon Tea.


Almanac Film Night: Made in Bedford
The Pad, Lurke Street
Saturday 23rd February, films start at 7.30pm
Tickets £5, book online or pick up at the festival hub
Made in Bedford, these films aren’t available to see anywhere else. Come along for a unique cinematic experience, then party late with us at The Pad.


Vocal Migrations
Upstairs at St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street
Sunday 24th February, 2pm – 4pm
Free, but please book a slot online or at the festival hub
Experience being a bat! Use echo location to ‘see’ your surroundings in the dark, and create unusual sounds using just your voice and a specially created electronic voice box.  Audio visual artist Kathy Hinde presents her experimental artwork for voices. This is an interactive afternoon where you can sing, play and shout. 14 yrs +


Concerto Magnificent: An Anthology of All Things
St Cuthbert’s Hall, Newnham Street
Sunday 24th February. Doors open 7.30pm
Tickets £8. £5 concessions. Book online or pick up from the festival hub
To close the festival, Bedford’s Community Choir, led by composer Johnny Parry presents a spectacular yet intimate staging of the Concerto Magnificent. This is your chance to experience a rare live performance of this amazing achievement of collaborative music making. Whether you saw the premiere performance last September or you are experiencing it here for the first time, it is sure to delight!


Along the High Street
All weekend, free
Artist Bettina Furnee has been working with local shopkeepers and Bedford’s High Street to create a new piece of public art. Look up to see the high street in a brand new way. This fun and playful new work will provide clues to the people and history of one of Bedford’s main shopping areas.


82 The High Street
All weekend, free
A new pop-up art installation for Bedford’s Town Centre. Flickering and atmospheric, this is a contemporary take on Bedford’s lacemaking heritage. Bedford Creative Arts’ creativity and wellbeing group Infinite29 present their own installation inspired by lace makers’ lanterns.

For more information please contact Bedford Creative Arts:


Bedford Creative Arts is a contemporary visual arts organisation that has worked within the town for over 25 years. It is committed to commissioning quality art and working with local communities.


Bedford Creative Arts seeks to question and explore genuine artistic collaboration and what it means to commission with communities. We work with specialist, experienced artists who are exploring new possibilities of collaborative arts practice. Commissions are realised through collaboration with community partners; making art in everyday places and exploring the links between art and social, economic or cultural issues.

For further information, please contact:

Jennie Stoddart

01234 818670

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