Isle of Ely Arts Festival enters second week with music, visual arts and theatre performances aplenty on offer

Isle of Ely Arts Festival: Fiona Laird, founder of the National Youth Arts Trust, conducting a maste

Isle of Ely Arts Festival: Fiona Laird, founder of the National Youth Arts Trust, conducting a masterclass. PHOTO: Mike Rouse. - Credit: Archant

Isle of Ely Festival enters its second week with theatre performances, visual arts and music this week.

David Hockney exhibition, Isle of Ely Arts Festival brochure

David Hockney exhibition, Isle of Ely Arts Festival brochure - Credit: Archant

Behind the Scenes, the story of a small Fen village theatre group putting on a pantomime, comes to Isleham (Friday 16), Wicken (Saturday 17), Little Downham (Friday 23 June) and Witcham (Saturday 24 June). All shows start at 7.30pm. Tickets £5 from the festival box office: 01353 616991.

Isle of Ely Arts Festival brochure

Isle of Ely Arts Festival brochure - Credit: Archant

There’s outdoor theatre in the Sculpture Garden at Haddenham Galleries (Saturday 17 June from 3pm) as Snail Tales perform ‘The First King of England…in a dress!’ This weekend is also the last chance to catch Princess Ida at Swaffham Bulbeck Summer Theatre and Viva Theatre in Dad’s Army at the Brook in Soham. Ely Cathedral’s Science Festival also draws to a close on Sunday.

Caroline Crawley, of Babylon Arts, said: “Enjoy work from over 20 local artisans in a ‘pop up’ gallery at Wicken Fen (Saturday 17 and Sunday 18 June from 10am – 5pm), get a taste of bygone fen crafts at Haddenham Gallery in ‘The Fen Experience’ (Sunday 18 June from 12 – 5pm).

“Ely and Littleport Riot will also be on hand to entertain, it’s a great family day out…and it’s free.


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“Ted Coney’s Family Portraits is open on Sunday’s throughout the festival month with tours at 2pm and 3pm. Booking is essential: www.tedconeysfamilyportraits.co.uk

The David Hockney Selling Exhibition launches at the Babylon Gallery on Ely’s Waterside on Thursday 22 June from 6-8pm and continues until Sunday 23 July, entry is free.

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Also on Thursday 22 June ensemble Eboracum Baroque will perform Handel’s Water Music and The Spirit of the Fens at St Mary’s Church in Ely.

There’s still time to enter photographs in the 2018 Calendar Competition, too. For more information and to submit your online entry go to www.haddenhamgallery.co.uk.

For full festival listings and tickets visit www.isleofelyartsfestival.org.uk or www.babylonarts.org.uk or call the festival box office on 01353 616991.

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