feva fest - better book in advance

Jim Sykes' painting Waterside will be featured at one of the art shows during Knaresborough's feva Festival.
Jim Sykes' painting Waterside will be featured at one of the art shows during Knaresborough's feva Festival.

The annual 10-day Knaresborough feva Festival kicks off shortly with the biggest line-up to date.

Running from August 9 to August 18, thanks to the growth of feva over recent years, organisers are now recommending that tickets to the biggest events should be booked in advance.

This year’s festival will feature music, theatre, dance, talks, walks, workshops, art shows, special food and drink offerings and lots of street entertainment for children.

Returning after an absence of a few years are film shows; there is a burlesque event planned, and there will be performances of Guys and Dolls, Calendar Girls, Ladies of a Certain Age and Desire.

feva chairman John Minary said: “We start with the traditional Lions’ Beer festival and on August 17 there will be the free-for-all Picnic in the Park starring the best local entertainers.

“For the first time, we are including sports with rugby coaching at the Community Centre and there is much to occupy children during the long summer break.

“We will even have a visit from Angelina Ballerina coming to do a dance class at Knaresborough House.”

Now out, the feva programme has reference telephone and email points, and several of the most sought-after events can be booked.

Otherwise tickets will be available from the Tourist Information Centre in Castle Courtyard.

John Minary said: “There is no doubt that feva becomes more popular each year, with people coming from miles away to visit the festival.

“Working with venue owners, we have managed to keep the cost of entry tickets down, with about a third of all events being free. Despite this, we think the overall quality this year is better than ever.”

Just one of the many art events happening features Norma Galley, the multi-talented local artist who is once again exhibiting at at Feva.

Her show, aptly called NOT THE NORM 13 will take place at Studio 3 Finkle Street , Knaresborough by kind permission of Vivienne Hall.

Norma produces abstract and impressionist paintings in her own unique style and palette. This year for the first time as well as exhibiting exciting fused glass jewellery she will also show examples of larger decorative and useful larger items for the first time since acquiring a new kiln.

Norma’s work can be seen at Studio 3 on Finkle Street on Thursdays and Fridays during the festival from 10.30am-1pm and on Saturdays, Sundays. Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2pm-4pm.

The festival has been staged since 1996, being rebranded FEVA in 2001. It is organised by unpaid volunteers and is a not-for-profit initiative.

Friends of FEVA have priority on booking.

To become a Friend at just £10 a year, download a form from the website or pick up a copy from Knaresborough Library.

For more information, please visit www.feva.info