Diss arts festival promises events for all ages

Doug Macleod will be performing at Diss Fest'. Picture: Submitted.

Doug Macleod will be performing at Diss Fest'. Picture: Submitted. - Credit: Archant

A community arts festival will be taking over Diss for three days and will bring music, comedy and theatre to the town.

Diss Fest' takes place from Friday, July 29 to Sunday, July 31 and is offering a wide array of shows, performances and exhibitions at various venues in and around Dis.

Organised by Diss-based Unit Twenty Three the festival's Friday headliner is a concert by acoustic blues star Doug MacLeod in St Mary's Church.

Organisers say that during the rest of Diss Fest' there will be something for all the family to enjoy including a comedy night with Andy Fowler and a show by Henry Raby a performance poet.

Saturday will bring a free Music in the Park event by the Mere, which starts from 12pm and features Joe Aiken, Eva Black, Chasing Creation and Dove & Boweevil.

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Also on Saturday a film and television panel at the Boilerhouse in Cobbs Courtyard will feature actor, director and screen writer John Hales, who recently starred in Doctor Who and has just finished working on Death Race 4.

Among the many festival events are also comedy sessions at the Cock Inn and the youth and community centre and a photographic exhibition at the Boilerhouse by Peter Everard Smith of the Latitude Festival.

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On the Sunday there will be Fine City Blues music workshops at Diss Music Hub, theatre workshops at the youth and community centre, performances of Romeo and Juliet at Norfolk House Courtyard, a poetry session at Fairchild's Tea Rooms and children's storytelling with Henry Raby at the youth and community centre.

Mercury publisher Archant, Diss Town Council, Aldi, CEG Productions and Arts Council England have supported the event.

A spokesman for the event said: 'There will be something for all the family to enjoy over the course of the festival.'

For details on the festival events, including ticketed ones, visit 2016.dissfest.uk or call 01379 882200.

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