Festival aims to put Swaffham on the artistic map

A wide variety of attractions is being lined up for the 2011 Swaffham Visual Arts Festival.

From the screening of an award-winning film to graffiti art to contemporary architecture, organisers hope the month-long programme will appeal to local people and those across the county.

The festival is organised by the Rotary Club of Swaffham and sponsored by family-owned house builder Abel Homes.

The Rotary Club ran an exhibition showcasing local art for 16 years and put on the inaugural visual arts festival last year,

It proved a great success, attracting hundreds of people and raising over �5,000 for local good causes.

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This year's programme starts with a launch event on Friday, October 7 at the Ecotech Centre, 7pm, and is followed by the screening of the Cannes Festival prize-winning film Certified Copy. Tickets are �6.

Other events are Contemporary Architecture in Breckland, Wednesday, October 12, Swaffham Community Centre, Campingland, 7pm; illustrated art lecture by Marianne North called 'The Making of a Flower Painter,' Wednesday October 19, The George Hotel, 7pm; artist demonstration evening by Brian Ryder, Monday October 24, The George Hotel, 7pm for 7.30pm; art exhibition preview evening, Friday October 28, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, 7.30pm; art exhibition and sale of works of art, Saturday October 29 and Sunday October 30, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, 10am-4pm; graffiti art demonstration by Mik Richardson, with hands-on activities, Sunday October 30, Assembly Rooms, Market Place, 12.30pm.

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Abel Homes' managing director Tony Abel said: 'We are delighted to be involved again in the second Swaffham Visual Arts Festival, which will once again put the town on the artistic map.'

A festival season ticket, giving entry to all events, is available for �25 from Ceres Bookshop in London Street, Denis Bishop on 01760 721115, or at www.swaffhamrotary.org,uk.

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