Thursday, May 04, 2017


Brigg Live Arts Fest 2017 will be offering a wide range of events to enjoy in the town tomorrow (Friday, May 5) and on Saturday.
There will be music, singing, dancing, drama, crafts, story-telling, stalls, exhibitions and busking. And entry to most of the events is free.

7.30pm doors open for 8am start: Folk 'Round 'Ere - The Show: Celebrating the farming year through music, song and dance, Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School, Wrawby Road. Tickets £8 for adults, £5 for under-14s. 

10am to10.40am: Welcome to the Brigg Live Arts Fest - the Bandstand, Market Place, with music.
10am to noon: Drop-in interactive session for under-9s, run by the Brigg Children's Centre, outside the Nelthorpe Arms, off Bridge Street.
10am to 3pm: Demonstrations and exhibitions in St John's Church Hall (refreshments available).
10am to 2pm: Farming activities and stories for young children in the Market Place.
10am to 4pm: Exhibition of artwork in the Steel Rooms, Market Place/Spring's Parade.
10am to 1pm: Story-telling for under-11s at Brigg Library, Angel building, off the Market Place.
10am to 2pm: Interactive craft workshops, Brigg Heritage Centre, Angel building.
10am to 3pm: Exhibition about the origins of Brigg street names at the Heritage Centre.
10.15am to 1.15pm: Taster sessions for children with the Duckegg Theatre Group in the Angel Suite.
10.40am to 11.20am: Music from the Sixties with local band Affinity in the Bandstand.
11.20am to noon: Dance display by the Bishop's Morris Team in the Bandstand.
Noon to 1.30pm: Showcasing our young musicians in the Bandstand.
Noon to 1.30pm: Lunchtime concert with Martyn Wyndham-Read, acclaimed folk singer, St John's Church (via the Wrawby Street entrance). Tickets £5 in advance or pay on the door.
12.45pm to 1.30pm: Lootbeggars Band playing bluegrass, folk and R&B in the Bandstand.
1.30pm to 2pm: Display of Middle Eastern dancing by Dans Satam in the Bandstand.
2pm to 2.30pm: Bootleggers and Lootbeggars in the Bandstand, offering music and dance from the Appalachian Mountains
2pm to 2.45pm: Affinity playing music from the 1960s while you enjoy a cuppa and cake in St John's Church Hall.
2.30pm to 3.30pm: Folk music and singing session (bring your own instruments) at the Nelthorpe Arms Barn.
3.30pm to 5.30pm: Ancholme River Jazz Band, with an interval spot by the Bootleggers, at the Nelthorpe Arms Barn. 
7.30pm to 10pm: Gilmore & Roberts, folk-accoustic duo, at St John's Church Hall (via Bigby Street entrance. Tickets £10 in advance or £12 on the door. There will be a bar in operation and a raffle.
For further information and tickets for events mentioned where these apply, contact Brigg Tourist Information at the Buttercross.

PICTURED: Chris Darlington, second left, and Roberta Fulford, left, in Brigg Market Place, outside the Tourist Information Centre, on Saturday handing out publicity leaflets for the Brigg Live Arts Fest to passers-by. With them are Coun Jane Kitching and Paul Johnson. Picture by Ken Harrison, Brigg Matters Magazine.

Ken told Brigg Blog... 
Early May seems to be time when budding summer-time activities start to show signs of blossoming.
Weddings are more popular in the warmer months and by coincidence the Red Cross shop in Wrawby St. has an array of bridal-wear in their window; the clement weather also attracts the scooter-riders to Brigg - perhaps reminiscent to Brigg Blog's older readers of the 1960s distinctive Mod fashion and the two-stoke purring of their machines.
Similarly, the Ancholme becomes an increasing magnet recreational river traffic, while, literally, latent flower buds begin to mature, perhaps culminating in the magnificent floral displays of Brigg's traditional 'Pump Blessing', later in May.
The whole natural process awakens an extensive and wide programme of Brigg Lives Arts promoted by Chris Darlington and Roberta Fulford.
However, in life, certain processes  steadily  progress throughout the year, like Paul Johnson's enduring endeavour to promote and stimulate rail facilities, service and usage at Brigg rail station.   


To start the Fest off in style this year we are proud to present the Folk 'Round 'Ere Community Show on Friday May 5th at Sir John Nelthorpe Lower School at 8.00pm. 
This is a unique show that celebrates the traditional music, dance and song of North Lincolnshire with stories and customs that mark the farming year and the people whose lives were ruled by the changing seasons and events in times gone by. 
The show has been supported by North Lincolnshire Council.
The Fest main events take place the next day on Saturday May 6th when there are events to suit all ages.
Between 10.00 and 3.00 you'll find craft, storytelling and drama workshops for children in the Angel Ballroom, Library, Heritage Centre, Nelthorpe Arms and the Market Place. There are also exhibitions in the Heritage Centre and The Steel Rooms that are well worth a visit.
If you visit St John's Church Hall just off the main shopping street you'll find some interesting things going on. Find out more about Bee Keeping and the North Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, take a look at some artwork and enjoy some light refreshments. At 2.00pm you'll also be able to enjoy some 'easy listening' music performed by 60's band Affinity.
Enjoy a lunchtime concert with nationally acclaimed folk singer Martyn Wyndham- Read in St John’s Church at 12.00pm (entry £5) or watch the non-stop entertainment under The Bandstand in The Market Place between 10.00 and 2.30pm. Following that you can join in a singing and music session at The Nelthorpe Arms at 2.30pm and then enjoy a BBQ whilst listing to the Ancholme River Jazz Band between 3.30 and 5.30pm.
To complete the day there will be a chance to see the fabulous Gilmore and Roberts in concert in St John's Church Hall starting at 7.30pm (tickets £10 in advance and £12 on the door) This lively, contemporary folk-acoustic duo cannot fail to provide you with one of those memorable nights you won't forget so be sure not to miss them.
Busking spots available for anyone who fancies it; check in at the Information Point in the Market Place to get a slot - keep what you collect.
Be sure not to miss this great day. Free parking in Brigg all day on a Saturday and of course you can also visit the wonderful independent shops and cafes.
Tickets for the main events can be bought at Brigg Tourist Information Centre, tel 01652 657053 or telephone 01652 653217 for more information. You can also find us on Facebook or Twitter @BriggArts


Ken Harrison said...

Yep, I took the photo, but using Roberta's camera-phone...shows how good these modern contraptions can be...perhaps I should scrap my can and string device and get one!

Ken Harrison said...

Yep, I took the photo, but using Roberta's camera-phone...shows how good these modern contraptions can be...perhaps I should scrap my can and string device and get one!