last year's success, musicians, artists, workshops and more have
already been booked for a second St Denys Urban Arts Festival.
But organisers say there’s still time for local artists, acts and community groups to make contact
and get involved in the three-day celebration of local art and culture
which takes place from September 9 - 11, again at St Denys Church and
Centre on Dundee Road.
Co-ordinator Helen Trimarco-Ransome, right,
said: “Things are coming along, with 30 bands and musicians, graffiti
artists, dance and drama productions, workshops, outdoor projections and
much more already booked up.
“Last year’s event was a
great success. It provided many local artists with a platform not only
for a celebration of art, but also a promotional and sales outlet. Many
of last year’s artists have reported that their careers have had a boost
since the exposure they received.
‘huge outdoor projections onto the church’s external elevations, skate
boarding, a variety of craft workshops including slate carving and
“This year there will be
new artists and bands.... We have an exciting performance of ‘Frida
Kahlo’ by the Spanish Mexican dance theatre company Todoart13, who
premiered this moving performance of Frida’s dramatic life in LA in
January this year and will be performing for the first time in English
on the Saturday (Sept 10).
will be followed by our very own OddBox theatre company, performing a
short dramatisation of ‘Nevermore’, an original piece based on The Raven
by Edgar Allen Poe. We also have more huge outdoor projections up onto
the church’s external elevations, skate boarding, a variety of craft
workshops including slate carving and willow workshops.
“We will be hosting Dangerous Ideas ‘In Conversation’, discussing issues around the city’s art culture and how to make it better for artists.”
festival will again be working with local schools through arts and
drama workshops. And as a summer holiday project, pupils are being asked
to design a St Denys Community-themed stained glass window for a
“Once the winning design has been
chosen during the event, we will donate the stained glass window to the
school for their reception area,” said Helen. “This is something that we
will be looking to do each year, donating art to the community and
funding art projects in the city.”
event again coincides with the National Heritage day, and local tours
are again planned, with information about St Denys and surrounding areas
from local historians forming part of the festival. Last year we recorded the St Denys Heritage Trail for the website, and you can still hear it here.
Any local acts, or artists who would like the chance to exhibit “without being charged huge commissions”, are invited to make contact with organisers by email now, or via Facebook. Previously
Audio: Take a tour of historic St Denys
Audio: What to expect at this week's arts exhibition - Helen Trimarco-Ransome talking about last year's event
Audio: Catch up with Southampton’s cultural conversation - recording from recent Dangerous Ideas event