Saturday, 23 October 2021

Festival promises nationally acclaimed artists

THE first batch of headline acts for next year?s Gap Festival have been announced.

THE first batch of headline acts for next year?s Gap Festival have been announced.

The biennial arts extravaganza will take place across numerous venues in Goring and Streatley between June 10 and 19.

It was launched last summer as the Goring and Streatley Festival but organisers have changed its name and unveiled a new logo.

The programme will include musical and theatrical performances as well as literary talks, art exhibitions and craft workshops.

There will be ?fringe? events at many pubs and some workshops will be exclusively for pupils from the villages? schools.

The main events will feature household names but others will be led by community groups. Among next year?s guests are historian and television presenter Lucy Worsley, whose mother Enid lives in Goring and is one of the festival organisers.

Dr Worsley?s father Peter lives in Whitchurch and tickets sold out when she gave a talk in the village in 2013.

Also appearing will be Sir Peter Stothard, the former editor of the Times and current editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Under his leadership in the Nineties, the paper reached its highest ever daily circulation of more than 900,000.

Other speakers will include poet Luke Wright, young adult author JP Buxton and Giles Andreae, creator of the Purple Ronnie and Edward Monkton greeting cards.

Meanwhile, there will be recitals by Irish folk singer Cara Dillon, soprano Alison Rose, the Atea Wind Quartet and young musicians? charity the Berkshire Maestros.

Rock band The Lightyears, who grew up in Goring and played their first ever gig at the village hall, will be playing at the festival for a second time. There will also be a disco featuring eight-piece funk and soul band Love Shovel.

The festival?s theme this year will be ?flying high? and is inspired by Lauren Bacall?s quote: ?Imagination is the highest kite one can fly.?

For the first time there will be a 500-seat marquee on Gardiner recreation ground in Goring over the closing weekend. This will have a licence to serve alcohol and hot food.

The festival?s chairman Paul Bradstock said he hoped to attract ?nationally acclaimed artists? while supporting performers from within the community. He said: ?Our new name reflects the essence of the festival: upbeat, professional and inclusive. We want it to be a significant and substantial event that attracts a broad demographic from a wide area ? the young at heart of all ages.?

More names will be announced by the end of the year and tickets will go on sale in March.

Last year?s inaugural festival was organised to commemorate the village?s celebrations of the Queen?s diamond jubilee in 2012.

Headliners included Sixties singer Georgie Fame, who played two sold-out shows at Goring village hall, and former poet Laureate Sir Andrew Motion.

Thousands of people attended and it raised £1,100 for children?s charity the Starlight Foundation.

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