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Lichfield Arts have described this year’s Fuse Festival as a “roaring success” despite bouts of poor weather throughout the weekend. Thousands descended on Beacon Park to experience the festival which is now in it’s fourth year.
Fuse began on Friday (10th) at around 6pm with things kicking off in the Acoustic Tent where local musicians were invited to perform. The main tent played host to Loungetree and The Big Easy and the Workshops and Performance tent had comedy from Fresh Ground, poetry from local group, Lichfield Poets and then the Fuse Sessions where anybody was invited along to join in and perform some songs.
Then Saturday saw crowd-pleasing performances from artists including The Dawn Chorus and Tipitina. In the workshops tent festival goers were treated to arts and crafts including making word banners and helping to create a digital art installation. There was also a children’s theatre performance of ‘Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up late’ and songwriting workshops along side Trannsylvanian folk group, Palinka. The music also continued in the Acoustic tent which culminated in a very entertaining headline performance by local favourites Nuclear Minogue.
Storytelling, circus and dance workshops were on offer on Sunday along with superb performances by the likes of Emma Rushton, Walsall Jazz Orchestra and China Red. The inter-school slam poetry showcase took place as well, showing off the results of the Fuse Outreach project. And Wildfire Folk, the Lichfield Youth Folk ensemble created by Lichfield Arts wowed the crowd with their first major public performance.
An art exhibition, craft market, food stalls and a licensed bar were all present at Fuse, too, making for a good festival atmosphere.
Festival Director, Brian Pretty said “It was a fantastic weekend with lot’s to see and do. Fuse is now one of the biggest community events in Staffordshire. Despite financial support from local charities, councils, Staffordshire County Council Members Community Fund and local businesses it made a significant loss but we do hope we can keep it going next year”.
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There are plenty of pictures of Fuse too, which you can add to my uploading your photos to the Fuse Festival 09 Flickr group.