More acts for Backwell Festival revealed

PUBLISHED: 07:00 03 June 2018

Lizzie, Julie and Heidi from the Backwell Festival team at the last festival in 2016.

Lizzie, Julie and Heidi from the Backwell Festival team at the last festival in 2016.

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More live acts and entertainment for this year’s Backwell Festival have been announced.

The last Backwell Festival was in 2016. The last Backwell Festival was in 2016.

The not-for-profit event will have an oceans theme, and will have a diverse offering of literature, food, music and theatre.

Festival director Jane Sabherwal said: “Backwell Festival is a truly amazing event, bringing quality world music, art and culture quite literally to a field in North Somerset.

“As this year’s theme is oceans, we are celebrating their beauty and highlighting the issues of plastic pollution through theatre, music, art and discussion.

“The festival aims to cut its single-use plastic to as close to zero as possible and our new eco hub will be busy all weekend with environmental discussion.

The last Backwell Festival was in 2016. The last Backwell Festival was in 2016.

“Half the festival site 
will also be run by solar power.”

In-keeping with the oceans theme, INKBLOC will perform its show about the spillage of 4.8 million pieces of LEGO and the environmental cost of plastic in the sea.

Two stages will celebrate international rhythm, with music from India, Africa, South America, the Caribbean and Europe keeping the party going.

The literature tent will welcome a number of contemporary authors, while Jack Tarlton will perform a pertinent political satire called Against.

The last Backwell Festival was in 2016. The last Backwell Festival was in 2016.

Award-winning writer Lucienne Boyce will talk about her book on the West Country’s suffragettes.

Jane said: “Back by popular demand is RSVP Bhangra – they headlined our tent stage in 2016 and nearly raised the roof.

“Backwell Festival is run on a not-for-profit basis.

“To date we have raised more than £25,000 for charity, local and international.

“We always donate money to Backwell Junior School and this year our overseas charity is the Bhopal Medical Appeal.

“We are also supporting FRANK Water and Traidcraft which produces beautiful alternatives to plastic hot and cold drink bottles/cups while supporting communities in developing countries.”

There will also be a children’s area with circus skills, a singing workshop, storytelling and climbing activities.

The festival will be once again at Backwell Junior School, in Church Lane, on July 6-8.

The full line-up and tickets, priced £12-35, are available online at www.backwellfestival.co.uk

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