Hidden Altrincham Arts Festival

Open Studios invites volunteers, artists and local businesses to get involved in Hidden Altrincham art festival

Open Studios Altrincham is bringing its highly successful arts festival to town again this summer.  Rebranded as ‘Hidden Altrincham’ and now extended to include not the only visual arts but also music, poetry, film and dance, in fact, anything that comes under the definition of ‘the Arts’, the festival will take place in venues across the town from 14-24 September 2017. This time the event is being supported by a grant of £1000 from the Aviva Community Fund, awarded to Open Studios after a public vote. A further grant of £2000 has been received from Altrincham Unlimited to market and promote the event.

The work of Paola Bazz was exhibited in the 2016 exhibition

You may remember that during last summer’s Hidden Studios, the works of seven internationally renowned artists, including Altrincham-based Paola Bazz, were amongst the thirty plus pieces exhibited in in cafes, shops, restaurants and offices throughout Altrincham. Over 4 000 people visited the event and the team are expecting even more interest in 2017’s more ambitious offering.

This time Jo Cushing, Yoko Isami and the Hidden Altrincham team are looking for an army of volunteers to get involved in promotion, marketing and media, signage and decorations, project and event management and as runners and general helpers.  Jo Cushing says, “It’s is a fantastic opportunity for people to get involved in their community and enjoy being part of a festival. It will be a great experience, particularly for young people”.

Jo Cushing and Yoko Isami of Hidden Altrincham

Anyone interested in participating, whether as a volunteer, artist, sponsor or venue, is invited to an Open Meeting at 7.30pm on the 2nd March, at Open Studios, 10 Ashley Road (first floor) Altrincham.  The team hope that this will be a great opportunity to start a conversation and develop ideas for the festival with all interested parties.

As Jo Cushing says, “Some of the best ideas come from chance happenings when people who don’t usually come together meet. Big quirky, collaborations, or small and simple projects -  we would like to hear about them all.” Keep an eye on the Hidden Altrincham Facebook page here for more details.

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