Organisers behind Holt Festival hail it a ‘success’

PUBLISHED: 18:56 27 July 2014 | UPDATED: 18:56 27 July 2014

Popular group The Stranglers who will be playing at the Holt Festival tonight.

Popular group The Stranglers who will be playing at the Holt Festival tonight.


Organisers of this year’s Holt Festival have hailed it a roaring success on the back of countless shows from world-renowned broadcasters, film stars, circus performers and musicians.

The week-long festival extravaganza took place over last week in the setting of the beautiful Georgian county town and thousands of revellers enjoyed all that it had to offer.

Adney Payne, chairman of the board of trustees, said: “As ever, huge thanks are due to the many volunteers who give their time, enthusiasm and skill to make this wonderful festival work so well.

“I would also like to make a special mention of our kind ambassadors, sponsors, advertisers and friends, without whom there wouldn’t be a festival at all.

“We get virtually no public funding or subsidy.”

Since its inception in 2009 the festival has featured an international array of music, drama, visual art, literature dance, comedy, cinema, free street entertainment, kids shows and workshops, taking over the whole town bringing the streets and venues alive with activity.

This year also saw lots of free events for children and families and highlights included virtuoso singer/songwriter/pianist Joe Stilgoe, The Orchestra of the Swan, art critic and raconteur Brian Sewell and talks with acclaimed historian David Starkey.

Comedian, writer and presenter Stephen Fry introduced a rare charity performance by actor John Hurt. The film star starred in a live show of White Rabbit, Red Rabbit, by Iranian writer Nassim Soleimanpour, at the Auden Theatre on Friday.

Tonight’s audiences are also set to enjoy a performance from The Stranglers - one of the great stories from the punk generation. The group will performed a classic festive set as a fitting finale act for the week.

Delaval Astley, director of Holt Festival, said this year’s line-up was “amazingly strong” and built up on the success from previous years.

• Don’t miss tomorrow’s EDP for a 12-page picture special, featuring the best of Norfolk’s weekend events.

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