Pocklington hosted a unique collection of creative activity at the weekend, reminiscent of a mini Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
The LittleFest event kicked off with ‘Dream On’, an inspired musical re-telling of A Midsummer Night’s Dream with the rest of the weekend seeing the town host an eclectic mix of creative events in every nook and cranny.
The pubs opened their doors to a fantastic range of local and regional musicians who gigged for free to support the event. And if pubs weren’t your thing, you could shop to the beat as Sainsbury’s welcomed a brass band, a male voice choir and some African-style drumming to make that Sunday shopping trip one to remember. Elsewhere on the high-street were musicians, poets and storytellers performing in local shops or you might have experienced the pop-up lunacy of a roving comedy duo who turned up all over the town with songs to post letters or get your haircut to.
Kids had their fair share of fun in the sun, including messy outdoor art-making, the chance to make a big racket with Billy Hickling’s irresistible supply of old bins, buckets and tins, a huge outdoor ukulele session and The Revenge of Mr Trout – a play in a boat in the middle of town.
For classical-music lovers Peter Winterton and Vanessa Simmons were on hand with their piano-playing prowess and Art and Rose Gallery masterminded an art trail around the town as well as musical events across the weekend.
The festival was organised by community theatre group Pocklington Productions with The ArtsBarge Project, supported by York Theatre Royal.
Alex Wright, from York Theatre Royal, said: “It was a brilliant weekend made possible by brilliant people.”
The competition for best festival photograph is still open, post entries onto the Pocklington Productions Facebook site for the chance to win a £25 voucher.
See this week’s people’s paper (30 April) for more pictures from this event.