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Blakefest is for everyone

Hundreds of people are expected to celebrate Felpham’s most famous resident.


Kicking off on Sunday, Blakefest is set to draw in more than 500 people, with crowds travelling from across the country.


Blake fan and event organiser, Rachel Searle, said: “Music,art and poetry – they define us. They touch us.


“That’s one of the reasons why William Blake is still so respected and loved.


“It’s nice to put something on as a community where local people can come and display their talents. We have a ton of great acts coming.


“I’m really excited for the combination of Charlotte Glasson and Chris Spedding.”


A new addition to the festival this year is the body art display.


On Saturday, September 28, Elissa Barret, from Imagine Face & Body Art, will be creating a live body art installation – her interpretation of William Blake’s poem The Tyger.


The display will develop throughout the day and onlookers will be able to watch as the final piece comes together.


At the same time, the Children’s Tiger Trail will be taking place around the town centre.


Starting at the Regis Centre, children will be able to explore some of Blake’s famous lines from his poem, The Tyger, with a free facepaint for all children who complete the tiger trail successfully.


From 11am-1pm a free Dramatis workshop for children aged 5-8 will be presented by Suzy Duxbury. Places for the workshop must be first reserved online.


Saturday’s events also include the Street Wisdom meditative walk with Chris Bemrose, running from 10am-12.30pm and starting at the railway station.


The first of the Blake celebrations is this Sunday, as Felpham Village Memorial Hall is the venue for an exhibition of art and music. Hosted by the Felpham Village Conservation Society, a panel talk will be the perfect introduction to the week.


The panel will consist of Dr Luke Walker, who will explore Blake’s work and influence on British counter culture and radical politics; Dr Simon Mouatt, who will discuss how Blake informed contemporary psychology, neuroscience and philosophy; Mikey Georgeson will focus on how Blake’s thought and mysticism inspired philosophy and contemporary art; and finally, John Higgs will explore why Blake matters today, from video games to designer fashion.


An open evening of live music and poetry will take place on Wednesday, with special guest the London-based poet and artist, Stephen Micalef. The open mic will run from 7.30pm-10.30pm at The Hothamton Arms, London Road.


Blakefest celebrations will come to an end on Sunday week, with a day filled with music and art. Held at the Regis Centre, Belmont Street, a variety of musical guests such as Charlotte Glasson: Jazz Band and legendary guitarist, Chris Spedding. Tickets are £8.

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