Breezy launch for Dereham’s big festival of arts, music and culture

The team behind Dereham Festival 2012 took to the blustery streets of the town today to spread the message about the programme of entertainment they have on offer this spring.

A handful of organising committee members, festival Friends and other helpers was stationed in the Nelson Place shopping precinct during the morning and early afternoon.

Festival chairman Jim Stebbings later estimated that they had handed out about 2,000 programmes and sold about �1,500 of tickets despite a cold wind whipping around the precinct and afternoon rain.

This evening, a pre-festival concert by cabaret and singing act Showbitz! is taking place at 7.30pm in the new-look Memorial Hall, which will be the major venue for the main programme of arts and culture.

Dereham Festival runs from May 19 to June 16 and features everything from rock, disco and jazz music to classical, choral and musical performances, as well as a Dereham's Got Talent! contest for young people, plus a host of community events.

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Headline acts appearing include magician Paul Daniels and harmony group Blake.

Postal applications for tickets open on Monday, as does online booking at From Tuesday, April 3, you will be able to book in person at @thegallery at the Memorial Hall.

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