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Music and arts are set to come together at a festival in Lichfield.
Fuse takes place at Beacon Park from July 8 to 10 with live music in the acoustic tents and a range of workshops and other activities also on offer.
At 7.45pm in the performance tent there will be the chance to learn the ukulele, followed by a singalong session hosted by Chris Newcombe and Dave Simcox, who are asking for singers and musicians to join them to perform popular songs.
The evening will be completed by local singer Michael Jones’ performance of showtunes and songs from the great American songbook.
The fun continues on Saturday (July 9) with local performers invited to take part in an open mic session in the Acoustic tent from noon until 4pm.
The art and craft tent will invite visitors young and old to make bird, before light and technology will come together in the Halo Glow Walkabout between 8pm and 10.30pm.
From noon until 5pm there will also be a circus skills workshop with Dave and Dominic Simcox, along with a ukulele workshop aimed at children at 1pm. Dangerous Dave and his sidekick Herbert Lemon will perform their Street Puppet Show at 2pm and 4pm.
Those who want to give their voices an outing can join a sea shanty singing session with the Lichfied Lighthouse Company at 3pm, before a salsa dance workshop gets underway at 6pm, followed by the silent disco at 7.30pm.
There is also the North Lichfield Initiative Environment Day which offers advice and helpful hints about recycling, energy conservation, gardening, reducing your carbon footprints, wildlife and eco play.
Sunday promises to be a popular day with the performance by Fuse’s ever popular outreach teams.
Journeys and Quests is the end result of work with local groups and schools and will include hundreds of people involved in the project. Part I runs from 2.30pm until 3.15pm and part two will run from 4pm until 4.15pm.
The Fuse Arts Fair will run from noon until 5pm with visitors able to learn all about the work of Lichfield and Hatherton Canal Restoration Trust, Lichfield Mysteries, Lichfield and District Talking Newspaper, Lichfield RSPB and a number of other local groups.
Also in the tent, Timothy Harrington will be reading Charles Dickens and Colin Ward will be running the Sketch Book Theatre. You can also put your wordsmith’s hat on and add to the Poet Tree being run by Joanne Woodward and Heather Fowler.
Fuse Festival Spokesman Tim Perks said:
“Although Music is an important element of the Fuse Festival experience, there is a lot more happening this year, from interactive circus and music events, an open mic, and arts and crafts exhibitions where people can create their own art or buy a piece made by somebody else.
“We have the NLI environment day full of fun and activity for the whole family and the Fuse Arts Fair where you can learn about the many activities that are happening in Lichfield throughout the year.
“We look forward to seeing people at Fuse again this year.”