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LittleFest takes centre stage at Helmsley for an encore performance

Quirky arts festival returns to Helmsley 25-27 September

Helmsley is to play host to the innovative arts festival LittleFest for the second time this September.

This year will see the festival span three days, from a ticketed launch event on Friday 25th September and a full day of free arts across the town on the Saturday, through to a performance and a debate about the arts on Sunday 27th.

The aim of LittleFest is to introduce new arts to different people, in an informal setting. It includes visual arts, storytelling, music, theatre, poetry and dance popping up in often unexpected spaces across the town – from shops and cafes, to street corners, gardens and car parks. Dozens of Helmsley businesses have signed up to be involved by playing host to a performer, and a family friendly window trail will encourage visitors to explore what is available across the town.

LittleFest is created in conjunction with York Theatre Royal and the Helmsley Arts Centre as part of the On Our Turf initiative.

Confirmed performers include the multi-award winning Joe Bone and Ed Eales-White, the ClapTrap theatre company who will be performing scenes from their up-coming tour of ‘Broken’ by Libby Pearson, and Hunting Bears, an orchestral folk sextet.

Em Whitfield Brooks, director at Helmsley Arts Centre, said: “We’re really excited that LittleFest will be coming to Helmsley again. It’s such a fun weekend, and last time we got fantastic feedback from business owners, the local community and visitors alike. It’s a really unusual way to introduce new arts to people.

“The arts will be everywhere in Helmsley during the weekend, and there will be something to appeal to everyone, from families to theatre lovers. Where else can you relax with a coffee while watching a painter create, browse a bookshop while listening to opera, and have a haircut while laughing at stand up comedy? Some activities will be scheduled so people can choose which they might like to see – but there will also be plenty of surprises. We’ll be making lots more announcements as plans firm up in the next two months.”

The free Saturday activities will start at 10am and run until 5pm, and are open to everyone.
To find out more about the event, and to keep updated about news and schedules, go to www.visithelmsley.co.uk or www.helmsleylittlefest.com or follow Helmsley on Facebook www.facebook.com/visithelmsley or @visithelmsley and @HelmsleyOOT on Twitter.