On the Artsfest front page is their listing of the top ten attractions over the weekend of 14th -16th September. Bearing in mind this is just the big tent events and doesn’t include all the smaller but just as interesting things, but it gives something of a taste of what the festival is trying to achieve this year.
Full details at the link but here’s the summary with links where I could find them:
- Classical Fantasia
CBSO and BRB in Centenary Square with fireworks
Taking place on the concrete wasteland behind Curzon St Station (the old Parcelforce Depot) this looks to be pretty incredible. “Fire and water combine, creating an explosive mixture of steam, sound, fire and pyrotechnic marvels. Come and experience the awe-inspiring Large Hot Pipe Organ, the unforgettable Orchestrated Steam Whistles, and the Fire Horns, the Percussion Engine, Pyrotechnic Whistles, Flying Rockets, Pyrophones and Balls of Fire. Immerse yourselves in sounds, sights, smells and raw energy.”
- Paintings on the Railings
An art market on the railings around Centenary Square and Broad Street.
- Town Hall Tours
What it says really. Tours around the Town Hall.
- The Luminarium â€“ Architects of Air installation
Located on Eastside Green outside Curzon St Station. Previously blogged here.
- Beachside Comedy Stage
Comedy on the “beach” outside the Library.
- Indie Invasion
Looks to be the big Friday evening event this year. A bunch of bands playing in Centenary Square including Murdoch, Mistyâ€™s Big Adventure and Mexicolas. “Headline acts to be confirmed.”
- Discovery Day Treasure Trail
For the kids, a trail around 14 venues that takes you behind the scenes of galleries, theatres and the like.
- Peter Panâ€™s Neverland
Last year this was the Secret Garden. Same park on Cambridge St off Centenary Square. For the kiddies and those with wild imaginations.
- Ticket Booth
Um, is this an attraction? While everything at Artsfest is free you can buy cheaper-than-usual tickets for events that take place afterwards.
I’m thinking Blast is the big thing this year, assuming it can live up to expectations, along with the Luminarium. And of course the CBSO and BRB are always good value. Be interesting to see how much more is going on on the fringes though.