Appeal for residents to get behind town’s festival week

ORGANISERS of Portishead festival week are appealing to residents to support the exciting event.

More than 25 activities will take place between September 20-26 to celebrate music and the arts in the town. Events range from a flower festival at St Peter’s Church and live music in a variety of venues, to an art competition and exhibition at Portishead Youth Centre.

There will be workshops and demonstrations, free trial classes and a social play reading.

Some of the highlights include an evening of Irish music, song and dance and a night of traditional folk songs from the region, including ones from the Gordano Valley.

This year’s event is a pilot scheme of what organisers hope will become an annual event that will grow in size to include prestigious prize-winning contests.

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A spokesman for the festival said: “The idea came from a tourism meeting earlier in the year when it was suggested that a week of different events might attract visitors to the town as well as encourage members of the community to celebrate the talents and facilities Portishead has to offer.

“If successful, a formal festival committee will be put together and plans for next year will get under way immediately after this year’s event.”

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The post-festival meeting will be held on October 3 in the Reynolds Room at the Folk Hall in High Street.

A detailed programme is available for free from many Portishead shops including Morgan Westley and Mad Harry’s in High Street.

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