Southam to be put on the cultural map with first arts festival - The Leamington Observer

Southam to be put on the cultural map with first arts festival

SOUTHAM is being put on the cultural map with its first ever family arts festival this weekend.

Festival OK takes place at The Grange Hall on Saturday (June 29) between 10am and 9pm and promises a vibrant mix of theatre, music, art, creative arts, workshops and performances.

The event will showcase local performers and is supported by National Lottery and Arts Council funding.

Resident and festival director Kate Taylor said: “As a professional dance artist my work has always taken me out of my home town of Southam, I couldn’t be more thrilled to get behind the cultural uplift for the area and surrounding district. It’s been a long time coming. “This year sees another creative first for Southam as the town is part of Warwickshire Open Studios. A beautiful arts trail, which co-insides with Festival OK. A dynamic weekend of culture indeed, putting Southam firmly on the map for culture.”

And the festival is part of a larger movement called Project OK which aims to ignite social change through the power of dance.

Project OK will involve outreach opportunities and performance work targeting schools and wider communities.

Kate added: “This dynamic and multifaceted project will promote the many benefits of high-quality dance in isolated communities, where there is a gap in creative provision for all. Our planned programme of events is exciting, ambitious and highly inclusive. In addition to a schools and wider community engagement strand, there will be a dance artist programme and two bold new dance works made and premiered locally.”

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