The Kettering Arts Center is hosting a free ‘Have a Go’ festival with creative workshops for the whole family

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Visitors to a Kettering arts festival can join in and try out a showcase of dozens of creative artists, who will share their skills and talents at venues across the city.

The ‘Have a Go’ arts festival hosted by the Kettering Arts Center at St Andrew’s Church takes place on Saturday 12 March, with over 30 different arts groups volunteering their time.

People of all ages are welcome to attend the free workshops, some ‘show up the same day’ and others need to be booked in advance.

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There is something through the arts – visual and performing – including singing, dancing, musical theater and painting, printmaking and digital art.

The Reverend Tom Houston, Director of the Kettering Arts Centre, said: ‘I am delighted to see Kettering’s first ‘trying out’ arts festival this weekend. There are so many diverse and interesting arts groups in Kettering and even with Google, it can be difficult to find what is on offer.

“We hope this will be a window for people to figure out how to access bands they knew and maybe even discover something new to fall in love with.”

In the church there will be urban sketches, wild art, learn to DJ, animal portraits, an art attack of Johnny’s Happy Place, digital art, model art, lace and circus skills.

Kezzabelle Ambler

As well as stalls at St Andrew’s from 10am to 2pm, there will also be art events in the Yards and Newlands shopping center

The events requiring a reservation are:

Musical Theater Workshop at 10am, LW Theater School presents a musical theater workshop with Miss Susie

Creative Writing Workshop Weaving Words at 10.15am and 12pm with Northampton Bard Kezzabelle Ambler

St Andrew’s Church Choir Initiation Session at 10.30am with Bethany of St Andrews Church Choir who presents a friendly initiation session for anyone wishing to explore their own voice

Matilda – a 90 minute musical theater workshop at 10.30am at Beccy Hurrell Voice & Arts at The Yards

Printmaking at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Over 16, Tresham College art and design teachers bring their skills and experience to lead a printmaking workshop

Country dancing at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. with the local band “Cobbled Together” – a jam-packed half-hour session of traditional country dancing

Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir Trial Session At 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. join the Deep Roots Tall Trees Choir for a free trial session, with conductor, Gareth Fuller

Fun Dance Class at noon with Miss Louise from LW Theater School, a class for the whole family. (Wear comfortable clothes and shoes and go for it)

All workshops can be booked in advance before the day at Ketteringartscentre.com through Eventbrite.Mr Houston added: “I’m looking forward to trying out ISM’s various instruments if I have a moment during the day, but something tells me it’s going to be busy from start to finish.

“At the end of the event, we will have a special session for all the artistic groups in town to chat and connect with each other. They might even be a little bubbly to celebrate the success of the festival.”


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