35 venues taking part in festival

Lytham Arts Festival organiser Richard Marshall
Lytham Arts Festival organiser Richard Marshall
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A display of games and everything related to them, a conversation about creativity on the Fylde coast and an indoor beach party are among the events still to come as the second Lytham Arts Festival continues until Saturday.

More than 35 venues around town and more than 70 artists are taking part in the eight-day long Festival being held in association with the Lytham Business Partnership which celebrates art and creativity with a host of free participatory activities.

Organiser Richard Marshall has been delighted with the events held so far, which have included a two-day digital arts festival in the town’s Assembly Rooms as well as a daily chance to see the work of those involved with the Museum of Modern Art in the Hewitt lecture rooms.

He is eager to see a bumper turnout of residents and visitors as the Festival reaches its climax this weekend.

The Museum of Gaming, featuring displays of all kinds of games, explanations on how to play them and a chance to win a compendium by designing a seaside-themed game, will run from 10am to 4pm on Saturday .

It is followed by Sea Change, a conversation about creativity on the Fylde coast hosted by the Art Partnership for Lytham and to which artists, creative companies, arts and culture organisations are invited.

That runs from 4 to 6pm and speakers will include photographer Henry Iddon and Sue Flowers of Green Close Arts.

The event is free to attend but advance registration is essential.

Meanwhile, everyone involved in the festival, including business owners, artists and supporters, are invited to a ‘beach party’ to round off the event, again at the Assembly Rooms on Saturday from 6pm onwards.

There will be live music from Mark Nelson and the event’s prizewinners will be announced at around 8pm.

The Museum of Modern Art exhibition is at the Hewitt Rooms daily from 11am to 3pm, with a chance to meet the artists at the same venue tonight from 7 to 9pm.

Other events still to come include soft pastel drawing classes at the Trinity Hospice shop tomorrow from 2 to 4pm, storytelling in the library garden on Saturday at noon and 3pm and music and dancing in the Piazza from 1 to 4pm, also on Saturday.

The Festival, which was officially opened by Fylde mayor Coun Peter Hardy, also coincides with the Lytham St Annes Arts Society’s summer arts exhibition at The Studio in Haven Road and that continues thrugh until Sunday, July 19.

For a full rundown of events, as well as details of how to be involved, go to www.lythamartsfestival.org.