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Castle Quay Weekender

The Castle Quay Weekender will take place on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th March 2011 and it will be full of life, art and creativity! Expect pop up galleries, craft, workshops, music, comedy and more.

Organised by Kayte Judge and Erica Roffe, co-founders of voluntary community group We Are Bedford, the project has attracted some exceptional Bedfordians. The poet John Hegley, Max McMurdo (Reestore/Dragons Den), Lisa Tilley (uoldbag!), Jane Perrone (gardening editor of The Guardian), The Ouse Valley Singles Club (comedy), artist Jane Edden and a host of other performers & artists.

There will be a mix of free community art galleries, experiences, ticketed performances and workshops. Local artists and makers will be selling their creations and Esquires night club is sponsoring the acoustic stage.  Local businesses are entering into the festival spirit too. Pensieri gift and coffee shop will host a jazz singer, while the Riverside Grill has teamed up with the Blue Glass to offer a free wine tasting on Sunday afternoon. Bedford Gallery will not only host John Hegley’s Animal Alphaboat performance on Sunday at 1pm, but will also be the venue for our Gardeners’ Question Time and Curators’ Question Time.


School of Craft is running a pop-up post office for kids and Esquires are sponsoring the acoustic music stage.  For over 18's, there are burlesque life drawing taster classes – so there really is something for everyone!

The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, said: “Thanks to the enthusiasm and commitment of Erica and Kayte and the many volunteers, the Castle Quay Weekender is all set to be a remarkable event showcasing a wide variety of local talent. It’s a fantastic example of people getting involved, giving up their time and putting on something really exciting for the whole community. As a council, we have been more than happy to support their efforts in any way we can. Like many, I’m looking forward to going along and soaking up the creative atmosphere and community spirit that will be on show in abundance this weekend.”

This event is entirely run by volunteers and has received fantastic support from the RSA, Bonfire Design and the local business community.  The intention is to build on the positive work that CDP and Bedford Borough Council began by developing the Castle Lane area and creating Bedford’s cultural quarter.


”When Kayte and I met in November to discuss the possibility of doing something in the empty shops in the town centre, we hardly thought that within a few months we would be organizing something on this scale,” said Erica  Roffe.


“Not only has the project far exceeded our expectations,” said Kayte, Judge, “but we have been amazed at the generosity and enthusiasm of the people of our town to get behind this initiative.   People have given their time and expertise because they feel as passionately as us about creating a thriving arts scene in Bedford.”


To find out more and see photographs on the Castle Quay Weekender visit http://www.wearebedford.co.uk/


 Contact Kayte Judge or Erica Roffe via wearebedford@goodthingsltd.com

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