Scientific twist to Welborne Arts Festival

The mechanical elephant which will be at Welborne Arts Festival. Picture: PAUL DAMEN

The mechanical elephant which will be at Welborne Arts Festival. Picture: PAUL DAMEN - Credit: Archant

The biggest village-based contemporary arts festival in Norfolk returns next month - with an added bit of science.

The eleventh Welborne Arts Festival takes place over the weekend of Saturday June 13 and Sunday June 14 June with its wide range of the arts in a lovely rural location.

The festival theme of Art Meets Science has given the organisers scope for innovative additions to the festival.

The West Runton Mammoth will walk the meadow, Dr Ken will perform his show How to Save the Planet in 45 Minutes and there will be a pre-Edinburgh Festival production about Marie Curie, the scientist, and a curated exhibition of visual art Inspired by Science.

A schools project, in three local primary schools, sees children become science and art experts when they present their Arts Laboratory to festival visitors. The project is a collaboration between the SAW (Science Art and Writing Trust), lecturers from UEA, poets and an environmental artist.

The daytime festival includes the return of Circus Ferrell, puppet shows by Norwich Puppet Theatre and patron, author Louis de Bernieres, as well as specially written short plays from award winning authors' group Four by Four.

There will be street, or rather meadow, performers, a Mistress of Ceremonies will keep the visitors informed, and three visual art exhibitions.

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As always, there will be plenty of demonstrations and activities for all ages including drumming, ragging, printing, puppet making and mosaic workshops.

The music programme throughout the weekend will include all types from choral to live looping.

Joint Festival organiser Mike Webb said: 'Welborne is not the most obvious place to hold an arts festival. But, somewhat against the odds, Welborne Arts Festival returns again with yet another wide range of arts and events.

'Ignore the weather, we have food, drink, numerous marquees and the Big Top in which to shelter from the elements.'

With support from many organisations and individuals, all daytime festival events are included in the entrance price which on the day is £8 for adults and £2 for those aged 5-16. Reduced price tickets in advance are available through the village website