Art festival is going to be picture perfect

Outwood Arts Festival pre-piece picture.'Pictured L/R: Artist Mick Sanderson and Charlie Kieth.
Outwood Arts Festival pre-piece picture.'Pictured L/R: Artist Mick Sanderson and Charlie Kieth.

Art in all its forms will be celebrated at a week-long festival in Outwood for the first time.

The Outwood May Arts Festival will get underway tonight with an open mic evening at the working men’s club on Ledger Lane.

Anyone is welcome to go along with an instrument or sound system to join in an evening of song and entertainment from 7.30pm.

The fun will continue on Saturday at Outwood Memorial Hall from 4pm until 6pm with a Poets Teatime Corner.

People can go along with their own poetry and recite it for all to enjoy over a brew or two.

An exhibition of local art, including the work of school children and art groups, will also run at the Leeds Road memorial hall from Monday, May 6 from 1pm until 4pm.

Budding DJs can have a go at presenting hospital radio at Pinderfields Hospital on the evenings of Tuesday, May 7, Wednesday May 8 and Thursday, May 9.

The event has been organised by local councillor Charlie Keith and artist Mick Sanderson.

Coun Keith said: “It’s a chance to showcase local talent and let people know about local groups that they can join, as well as inspiring them to start new ones.

“I wanted it to be for people of all ages because there is so much good art work done in schools that is rarely seen because of how tight school security has to be these days.

“It’s all come together really nicely and I am very pleased with the response I’ve had.”

Coun Keith hopes the event will get bigger and better each year.

He said: “We’re starting small but it has real potential to become something amazing.

“I want to include all facets of the arts from music to poetry, art and drama.

“I would love to incorporate a production. People say community spirit isn’t like it used to be but things like this are a way of bringing everyone together.

To find out more information about the event or to register for the radio event by calling 01924 299699.