Whitchurch's Blackberry Fair announces acts for 10th year … but appeal made to keep event free


Barrie White

ONE of the biggest events in the Whitchurch calendar, the Blackberry Fair, is again appealing for support to help keep it free.

The fair, in its 10th year when it takes place on Saturday, October 7, has announced its first acts, with more special guests and events to be announced.

Steve Chapman, who organises the event, is hoping people will be able to lend support to maintain the hugely popular fair and hopes people will come forward.

“Whitchurch Blackberry Fair is looking for help to make this year’s 10th annual street festival the best ever,” he said.

“To bring the annual mix of music, magic, markets and mayhem to the streets of Whitchurch costs in the region of £12,000.

“With major cuts to arts funding the organisers are appealing to businesses and individuals to support the event and make sure it stays out on the street and fee-free.

“The economic climate is tough for everyone, but Blackberry Fair embraces the spirit of positive action and we need everyone in town to really get behind us to make this year’s event happen.

“This is our 10th year and we want to make it a real day to remember.”

Meanwhile, the acts to be announced are Urban Astronaut, which provides a glimpse of a future that might be, where problems surrounding air pollution have grown to crisis point.

Combining stunning design, unseen before aerial performance with storytelling and moving dance performance, Urban Astronaut travels through towns and cities searching for a solution to the environmental disaster in our near future.

Visitors will see ‘Lost Luggage’, a semi-sentient, metallic beastie from outer space, which is half dinosaur and half machine and constructed from the lost luggage of a mysteriously missing race from a long lost planet.

Finally, for celebrating 10 years of Blackberry Fair, there will be poetry as you’ve probably never seen it before as 15 contemporary and original poets battle live on stage to earn the title of Blackberry Fair Poetry Champion 2017.

Tickets cost just £5 in advance from Whitchurch Civic Centre or for online bookings please contact blackberryfair@gmail.com

n Potential volunteers to help with stewarding and fundraising at the event can contact Sarah Vaughan at blackberryfair@gmail.com



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