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Another festival planned for town

By West Briton  |  Posted: June 21, 2012

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FALMOUTH is adding another festival to its calendar, this time to celebrate the arts.

Splash 2012, from September 7 to 16, will be the first such celebration of literature and arts in the town since one in 2003 at Pendennis Castle.

Falmouth Business Improvement District (BID) manager Richard Wilcox said: "It's crazy that a town as creative as Falmouth hasn't had one for a number of years.

"This year has been tremendously exciting for Falmouth and this will be a new addition in a quiet month."

The first weekend will feature a book festival led by Ron Johns, of Falmouth Bookseller, with authors including Michael Morpurgo, Michael Foreman and Philip Moran. Dog-owners can have illustrations of their pets done in an X Factor-style event and the programme includes an evening devoted to female literature.

The art gallery has secured a grant of £6,000 from the Arts Council for six leading South West artists to create installations across the town, forming a trail for visitors.

Artists are being invited to apply by e-mailing williams. charlotte@hotmail.co.uk

Schoolchildren will be helping create a 40ft piece of art in the style of John Dyer to go up on the fencing at Grove Place.

"Things are really taking shape nicely," said Mr Wilcox.

"The ethos is about the festival being a community project and about people feeling it is art for them.

"They can look, feel and touch the art."

There will be living heritage walks with local theatre groups, street theatre, exhibitions and photography displayed in shops.

Creative businesses will open their doors for Open Design Week, which runs alongside the festival.

The BID is putting about £5,000 into the festival and says it is hoped other businesses and individuals will provide sponsorship too.

"We want it to grow in future years and already have ideas for Year 2 and beyond," Mr Wilcox said.

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