Small festival has global outlook

Smaller World

Micro-festival Smaller World is set to take over Winmarleigh Village Hall this Saturday 10 June with a programme of culture from across the globe. The festival aims to promote different cultures through music, food, travel, arts and crafts, while also offering local artists a platform to share their work.

This year’s festival features photography exhibition Festival Coast by Blackpool-based photographers Claire Griffiths and Jill Reidy. Showcasing images of the many festivals and cultural events which have taken place on the Fylde Coast over the past few years. Ranging from flying machines to punk, circus performers to transport-themed arts, the exhibition sees the greatest collection of Fylde Coast festival photography brought together under one roof.

An open mic stage will offer musicians the chance to perform throughout the day, and there will be a rare outing for The Occasional Rascuedos who will serve up their unique funk, blues and rock interpretations of local observations.

DJs Prof Lez Scott, Wardy, Steve B, Stubert, Jakks and Buzz will provide a global soundtrack of feel good music from all over the planet, guaranteed to keep feet tapping, hips shaking and faces smiling across the festival site alongside the Soundavan providing the soundtrack for the outdoor area.

Arts activities will also be taking place during the day with Wyre artist Tina Dempsey offering a paper and print craft workshop, dance enthusiast Sam Simpson a We Love To Dance movement workshop and Pilling Pottery giving people the chance to throw their own clay creations. The Growing for Life Pop-up Garden Centre will also be on site giving people the opportunity to buy a range of plant and garden essentials.

Keeping visitors refreshed during the festival a world bar providing a range of international beverages will be on offer, while Khaana Khazaana at Dalvi’s will be providing healthy and authentic homemade Indian food from the kitchen.

Organised by Poulton-based “creative meddler” Buzz Bury, this is the second incarnation of the festival after it received support from Arts Council England in 2016. Buzz said: “There are more and more reasons to celebrate different cultures and build bridges between communities; the festival offers a way of doing just that with a celebration of music, food, arts and travel, and I hope people from across the Fylde Coast and beyond will join us at the weekend.

Colin Tomlinson, chair of Winmarleigh Village Hall, added: “Last year was one of the best events I have been to in the village hall. I hadn’t intended to stay but enjoyed it so much I stayed for the remainder of the weekend. I can’t see this year being any different.

Tickets are priced from £10 (excluding booking fee but including camping and a world music CD) and are available from www.smallcornerfestival.org

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