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We are delighted to launch the 2017 Wellington Festival – a spectacular three-week celebration of arts and culture and which is our most ambitious to date.  The Festival takes place in the vibrant market of Wellington and aims to showcase artistes of local, national and international renown.  After the great success of last year’s Festival, we have been working hard throughout the winter to put together an amazing programme of events and activities, for the whole family.

In celebration of its 21st Anniversary, this year, we aim to celebrate the Town of Wellington by creating a more visible Arts Festival which builds on Wellington’s heritage of successful music and literature festivals.  The Festival will have a broad appeal that embraces diverse performing arts whilst engaging the wider community and our valued visitors.

The events will take place across the exciting range of social and community spaces that Wellington has to offer.  Leading musicians, poets, performers and artistes will perform with gifted new talent to deliver a fantastic line up of music, comedy, film, dance and all aspects of literature including poetry and performance writing.  We hope that you are inspired to have a go at some of the workshops on offer including pottery and laughter yoga. Why not try something new, visit more places on your doorstep and encourage family and friends to discover all that Wellington has to offer.

The finalists from the Voice UK 2017 “Into The Ark” will launch the Festival on the 13th October 2017. Into The Ark are Dane Lloyd and Taylor Jones and their story is one that probably resonates with many aspiring musicians and dreamers across the globe. They met and bonded over their passion for gigging and their love for writing. But it’s their hauntingly pitch perfect harmonies and beautiful lyrics that sets this duo apart. Also joining us at the Festival is Sound of the Sirens – a foot stomping, heart-rending, crowd engaging female folk/rock duo whose strengths lie in their passion, conviction and chemistry.

Highlights of the Festival range from Lesley Smith, performing the Witches of Manningtree, to Josh Pugh who is the current English Comedian of the Year.   From Pottery Throwing Workshops to John Kirk – noted children’s storyteller. From two furiously fabulous females and award winning writers Joan Ellis and Donna Jones MBE performing Navy Knickers and Nicked TV’s to a Wrekin Writers’ Short Story Workshop. Plus a Workshop for anyone with an interest in self-publishing and a Children’s Poetry Slam competition.

From Graham Clifford – prize winning poet – and local writer, Gareth Barsby to Lucy Corbett, a successful poet, film-maker and performer. Her performance poetry is a blend of whimsical storytelling, upbeat humour and cutting satire. The Festival is also delighted to welcome Jacob Chandler who has exhibited his sculptures across the globe including New York, Moscow, Athens and London.

These are just a few of the unique experiences that the Wellington Festival has to offer and nearly all are FREE of charge.  To bring a varied, high quality and entertaining mix of performers to our Town every year is a notable achievement, but we could not do it alone.  Wellington Town Council, sponsors, advertisers and loyal audiences all contribute to the Festival’s continuing success and, on behalf of the Committee, I would like to thank them for their invaluable, and continuing, support.

Billed as Shropshire’s largest performing Arts Festival, we encourage you to spread the word about Wellington Festival through either shouting it from the rooftops or sharing it on Facebook!  So, please read on to find out what is taking place and do not delay in getting your tickets either online, through Eventbrite, or from the Wellington Civic Offices.  Also, please keep in touch via our website, Facebook or face-to-face.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival’s events

 and enjoying all that our fantastic town,

Wellington, has to offer.

Cllr Cindy Mason-Morris
Chair of the Wellington Festival Committee