Successful launch of Swaffham Visual Arts Festival

About 60 people contributed to a successful champagne launch of this year's Swaffham Visual Arts festival.

The festival, which will encompass film, painting, photography, architecture and textiles over the next month, kicked off with a reception and a screening of Woody Allen's comedy Vicky Cristina Barcelona last Friday.

Festival publicist Denis Bishop said: 'It was very successful. There were a good number of people there, about 60 people at the reception. The film seemed to be well received.

'The festival was supported by Tony Abel who gave a short address and confirmed his support for what the rotary club is doing in Swaffham.'

The festival will continue with a talk on Architecture – Today and Tomorrow on Thursday October 4, and an evening examining how the National Trust conserves its art on Thursday October 11.

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Mr Bishop said: 'We live in a period where we are surrounded by buildings and it makes a big difference to our lives, how buildings are presented to us and [the talk] will look at how the built environment in Breckland has played a part in that process.

'Then [local architect] Chris Parsons will present his version of the way homes will look and feel and be constructed in the future.'

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Tickets for each event are available at Ceres Bookshop, London Street, Swaffham, from local Rotarians or 01760 721115. Follow @swaffvisarts on Twitter or see the festival website

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