Park to host new summer festival of performance and activities

A POPULAR park is set to be used as the backdrop for the county’s newest summer festival.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend the SummerScene Festival being held at Ridley Park, in Belgrave Crescent, Blyth.

Against the backdrop of the park and garden, the event – between 11am and 4pm on Sunday, July 15, will see a range of activities taking place throughout south east Northumberland.

Professional artists in residence have been working with community groups of all ages since May to produce large sculptures, costume, scene design and aerial dance work for a one day festival celebration in Ridley Park.

The festival day is packed with a line up of activity and performance including professional ariel dance performances from Bare Toed Dance Company and high energy street dancing by Bad Taste Cru, audience dance based mass participation, junk music workshops, mask making, storytelling and the chance for anyone to engage in a full dance taster programme as well as join in with the parade.

Visual artist Elaine Porter 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.”

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