Festival line-up is another annual treat

Just Regional
Jun 14, 2024 3 mins read

The Holt Festival is all set up for another year of talent and entertainment, which is an essential fixture on the north Norfolk arts calendar.

The seven-day programme includes music, comedy, talks, poetry and drama, with highlights including singer Barbara Dickson, who will be performing acoustic versions of some of her greatest songs.

Nigel Planer, probably best known from the 1980s’ TV series The Young Ones and The Comic Strip Presents, will be in conversation about his time at the centre of alternative comedy and his recent writing, and there will be a day celebrating the life and work of Derek Jarman.

Other treats include Rosemary Ashe, a leading figure of West End musical theatre, who brings her unique take on Ethel Merman and Dora Bryan in two unforgettable performances.

Fans of folk music shouldn’t miss The Shackleton Trio and there will be some fine classical music performances.

These include The Piatti Quartet, with a programme of Brahms and Schoenberg, as well as a performance of early and contemporary music with soprano Grace Davidson, saxophonist Christian Forshaw, flautist Andrew Findon and organist/pianist Richard Pinel.

There will also be jazz after hours with Mitch Dalton and the Studio Kings, and Inca promise a feast of indigenous Native South American folk music.

On the final Saturday, legendary rock band The Zombies will close the festival on the Stage on the Field, playing hits including She’s Not There and the worldwide chart topping single Time of the Season.

The Zombies – Photography by ALEX LAKE insta @twoshortdays WWW.TWOSHORTDAYS.COM

After the tremendous success of the Craxton-Picasso art exhibition in 2022, which attracted more than 5,000 visitors, this year features German Expressionists and the Third Reich, showing work by some of the artists deemed as “degenerate” by Hitler.

This theme will be mirrored in some of the musical entertainment including an evening of Berliner cabaret.

The annual Sir John Hurt, Sworders and Charlotte Fraser art prize exhibitions will also be held, as well as an art outreach programme involving more than 1,500 children from local schools.

The hugely popular comedy night will return at The Red Card Comedy Club and there will be a free family afternoon of entertainment with Maynard Flip Flap and friends.

Festival director Tony Britten said: “I loved programming the original Holt Festival 15 years ago and have loved stepping back into that curatorial role this year. My recommendation is go to everything! “

In addition, the town will be holding street entertainment during festival week – July 20 to July 27.

For more information and to book tickets, visit www.holtfestival.org 

Nigel Planer

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