Town in frame for a packed arts festival

Lytham Arts Festival organiser Richard Marshall
Lytham Arts Festival organiser Richard Marshall
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Lytham Arts Festival gets under way on Saturday – with a packed programme of events planned over its eight-day duration.

A two-day digital arts festival at the Assembly Rooms, featuring Fylde-based leading comic book artist Russell Payne and a Super Hero Fancy Dress competition for under-12s, plus a literary festival at the town’s library, will be among the features of the second annual Festival.

Lytham is also hosting the Museum of Modern Art in the Hewitt lecture rooms for the whole festival, with 11 artists showing artworks which festival organiser Richard Marshall feels visitors would only usually get to see in the major cities.

The festival also includes a wide range of other displays and performances and organiser Richard Marshall said: “I feel we have something for everyone.”

The gardens at Warton Hall, just outside Lytham, will be open again on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm with art and sculpture on show in the woodland after a highly successful open week for National Gardens Week earlier

Nicola Thompson, who lives with her family at Warton Hall, will also have new pieces of glass art available to view at Cliftons in Clifton Street.

Some 25 shops and businesses will be exhibiting artists’ work during the Festival and Clare Sutton, who owns Cherry Pie Boutique in Clifton Street, said: “When people think of art, they often think of our cities with their endless stream of world renowned galleries – not so much a quiet seaside town.

“But that is what makes Lytham Arts Festival so spectacular. Art in the most extraordinary places – doorways, parks, community centres and shop windows.

“Over the course of a few days this picturesque seaside town is transformed into a central arts hub spot drawing crowds from far and wide.

The Arts Festival will be opened at Lytham Piazza at noon on Saturday by Fylde mayor Coun Peter Hardy, Coun Cheryl Little, chairman of the council’s tourism and leisure committee and other invited guests.

For a full rundown of events and locations for the festival please look up www.lythamartsfestival.org.