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Biggest arts festival all set to sail in

Posted Wed 27th March 2013 at 15:29

The stage is set and the funding almost in for the biggest celebration of song, music and dance Alderney has ever seen.

Alderney's inaugural Performing Arts Festival has won key backing from Guernsey Arts Commission - as well donations from £10 to £10,000 by local businesses, private sponsors and organisations - and is to transform the island into spectacle of sound and colour on the last May Bank Holiday weekend.

More than 25 acts from France, Alderney, Guernsey, Sark and further afield are booked in, with 160 performers and supporters arriving from the Continent from May 24th.

There's head-spinning variety of performances and workshops on offer. They range from classical piano and song recitals, to funk, hip hop and folk singing, to instrument making, photography and balloon sculpture, to circus skills and contemporary dance.

Tony Galliene, chairman of the Guernsey Arts Commission, compared its potential to that of the successful Sark Folk Festival.

"The Commission is keen to support arts festivals and initiatives, particularly of course in Guernsey, but also in the other Bailiwick islands where there is the potential for inter-island co-operation and benefit in terms of performers and audience, as well as the encouragement of attracting cultural tourists to the Bailiwick,' he said. 'We have certainly seen this with the Sark Folk Festival which we supported in its early days.

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