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20th Jun, 2021

Art in the Park returns with new location and new theme

Laura Kearns 10th Jun, 2021

ART in the Park is returning to a new location with a new theme this year.

The county’s largest free outdoor arts festival took place online last year due to the pandemic.

But organisers have been working hard for the event to return on Saturday August 7 and Sunday August 8 between 10am and 6pm.

The event will be based in Mill Gardens along with Jephson Gardens for the first time.

It will be based around the theme of ‘connection’, with festival director Kate Livingston saying it was now more important than ever for the town’s creative sector to reconnect.

She added: “We want to inspire everyone who attends whether that is through musical performances, dance or art and we want to encourage people to be more creative especially this year with mental health and loneliness affecting many during Covid-19.

“We really want to connect residents with creative people to see the benefits it can give.

“We have changed the layout of the festival to make it make Covid safe so there is more space between the stalls to enjoy everything on offer.

“For the first time, we’re moving into Mill Gardens near the boat centre which is a gorgeous open lush space.

“We will be in Jephson Gardens as well so we will have the river in between and all our artists’ performances and workshops will be socially distanced and everything that happens in Jephson Gardens will happen in Mill Gardens whether that is the food and drink stage or the different workshops.

“This year more than ever the support of our sponsors is so important and we are very grateful for AC Lloyd continuing their headline sponsorship.”

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