We are happy to welcome Fanny Charles, Editor of the Fine Times Recorder as a guest columnist. She writes …
WHEN I sat down to write this, the news of the Manchester Arena attack was dominating the media. There are no words to describe the horror and cynicism of such a terrorist bombing at a concert for teenage fans in the middle of an election campaign. And of course it was right for the party leaders to immediately suspend campaigning.
But, trite as it sounds, life must go on. The need for democracy has never been greater, and the imperative to keep doing what we do is an absolute. We should still go to concerts and football matches, street markets and supermarkets, the theatre and the park. When we are paralysed by the fear of what might happen, the evil of the terrorists has done its work.
So, at what seems an awkward time to encourage people to get out and celebrate our beautiful region and the creativity of its people , that’s what we are doing.
It’s festival time. Bath’s new look festival, combining the music and literature festivals, has started and there are lots of exciting and unique events. And the city’s vibrant Fringe Festival brings some of the best street theatre and music to the city.
Open For Art, the open studios event in Dorchester, Weymouth and Portland, runs to 4th June.
Salisbury’s international arts festival, one of the most varied in the country, begins this coming weekend, as does Wells Comedy Festival and one of the region’s biggest open studio events, the Wylye Valley Art Trail.
The late May bank holiday weekend also includes Lyme Regis Jazz and Blues Festival.
Chalke Valley History Festival, one of the world’s biggest events dedicated to every aspect of history – from the archaeology beneath our feet to wartime planes in the skies above – is back for the seventh year, at a new venue.
Among the outstanding productions at the theatre, we urge you to get to Bristol Old Vic to see the re-imagining of Euripides’ Medea. This story as old as time gets a shocking and profound contemporary reworking.
Bridport’s first community opera, Flea, is on at the Electric Palace this week – it sounds huge fun and we’re looking forward to seeing it at the weekend.
We have an interview with Marta Fontanals Simmons, the brilliant young mezzo from Castle Cary, who makes her debut as Cherubino in The Marriage of Figaro at Garsington Opera, one of the best of the country house opera festivals.
Finally, we’ve been doing some judging for the Great Taste Awards, run by the Guild of Fine Food (which is based at Gillingham in Dorset). So we end with a spirited offering – our new Nine Things, later this week, is a list of some of the region’s best distilleries, most of them small batch, artisan businesses that are putting flavour and passion back into gin and other spirits. Enjoy!
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Fanny Charles, Editor,
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