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Introducing the Mansfield Arts Festival

Plans have been unveiled for an exciting new event set to take place across the Mansfield District which will celebrate the best of Mansfield through a range of performances, music and art.

Inspired by the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad, the Mansfield Arts Festival will take place between 7 and 15 July. The festival will see Mansfield District Council, including its Palace Theatre and Museum, Mansfield Library and the Old Library, Vision West Notts, schools and community groups, come together to create an exciting programme of activities and events for everyone across the District to get involved in.

A number of events have already been confirmed for the festival including:

  • Project 2012: Mamesfelde to Mansfield, from the Palace Theatre
  • The opening of Mansfield Museum's Summer Exhibition
  • Vision West Notts' I Heart Mansfield Film Festival screening
  • Post 16 Fringe Festival at the Old Library, Leeming Street, Mansfield
  • The annual Warsop Carnival

Events are also being planned at Mansfield Library.

There's also the opportunity for people to get involved during the week by either holding their own performance or exhibition, or getting involved in one of the events currently being organised.

If you would like to stage your own event during the week please register at

Performances and exhibitions can take place in a venue local to you, or the Council may be able to help you find a suitable indoor or outdoor venue. All registered events will be promoted as part of the festival.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: "The Mansfield Arts Festival aims to capture and showcase the variety of artistic talent across the District. This is an exciting new event for the District and we are keen to have as many people involved in the week's activities as possible. So if you are involved in a local drama group, sing in a choir, perform in a dance troupe or have an artistic talent and would like to showcase your work then please get in touch.

"We'd also like to encourage people to enter into the spirit of the week by holding events with their friends and neighbours. It could be a small musical performance at home or sharing stories of years gone by; the idea is just to have fun! "

The Palace Theatre is contributing to the overall festival with Project 2012: Mamesfelde to Mansfield, which is part funded by an Arts Council / National Lottery grant and local business and community sponsorship.

This is now up and running with many 'My Mansfield My Story' sessions having taken place and others still to come.  The story gathering remains ongoing but the emphasis is now on the writing of the final play, which will be performed in the Market Place on 14 and 15 July.

Playwright Kevin Fegan said: "The views and stories shared from people about living and working in Mansfield District have made interesting sessions and have aided me in my quest to capture the personality of Mansfield, its town and people."

The final play is the culmination of the overall Project 2012.  The Palace is now inviting everyone from Mansfield and surrounding areas interested in this community project to come and get involved whether you are an actor, musician or a dancer or would even like to help backstage.  Workshop sessions will also be available to provide the opportunity for those interested to find out more about the project. These will start on Monday 5 March at the Palace Theatre and more dates will also be available.

Education Manager and Director of the final play, Christopher Neil said, "All levels of experience are welcome.  There will be no auditions; everyone who wants to get involved in some way will be involved.  The full professional artistic team is looking forward to the challenge of creating a piece for Mansfield combining the skills of the local community".

To get involved in the Theatre's exciting project or to find out further dates for the workshop sessions, please contact Christopher Neil, Palace Theatre Education Manager, on 01623 412 921 or email

It is hoped the Mansfield Arts Festival will become a new annual tradition for the District Council. A full programme of the Mansfield Arts Festival activities will be available in the June edition of My Mansfield and online at

Confirmed events:

Mansfield Museum's Summer Exhibition

The Annual Summer Exhibition will open on 7 July and runs until 29 September. The exhibition will be a celebration of sport, including information on the Olympics and local sporting clubs and organisations both past and present.

I Heart Mansfield Film Festival

A film showing the best clips from Vision West Notts' I Heart Mansfield Film Festival will be shown in Mansfield Market Place during the Mansfield Arts Festival week.

Budding film makers are being invited to make a short film about why they love Mansfield and what makes it so special.

Your film should be about a part of Mansfield that you particularly love - such as your local park or your favourite shop, pub or club - or any place within the District that means something to you.

The closing date for submissions is 4pm on 30 March.

Post 16 Fringe Festival

Old Library, Leeming Street, Mansfield

Organised by The Mansfield Learning Partnership, the event will highlight the artistic achievements of local young people from across the Mansfield Learning Partnership Post 16 Schools' Provision, celebrating film, art, poetry, music, dance and drama.

After successfully launching the 'Mansfield Youth Film Festival' last year the Mansfield Learning Partnership are excited to announce the return of the competition in 2012 and this will be a highlight of the Post 16 Fringe Festival.

Warsop Carnival

8 July, 12noon to 7pm

Carrs Show Ground, Church Lane, Church Warsop

The event includes a parade and a variety of arena acts, displays and side stalls and an open air music festival.

Published 29 February 2012

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