New festival sure to be a time to dance

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DANCE displays will be among the attractions on offer at a new festival to be held at Blyth’s Ridley Park on Sunday.

Artists in residence have been working with community groups of all ages since May to produce large sculptures, costumes and sets for the inaugural one-day event.

Newcastle dance troupes Bare Toed Dance Company and Bad Taste Cru will be among the acts performing at the park, off Belgrave Crescent.

The festival will also feature music, mask-making and storytelling workshops, as well as den-building sessions, a treasure hunt and races.

Elaine Porter, a visual artist involved in preparations for the festival, said: “The participants have really enjoyed the activities so far, and I know they are all looking forward to seeing their work at the event.

“We’ve made beautiful banners and butterflies, and I can’t wait to see the giant rose sculptures in the rose garden.

“We’ve also just started making some props and costumes for the aerial dance performance, which will be just fantastic and magical.”

For details, call (01670) 542267 or e-mail jburke@bval.co.uk