From live music and performances to literary events and exhibitions from local artists to dare devil acrobatics, there’s something for everyone at this year’s inaugural Walsall Town Festival – which begins today, with a host of events in shops, Gallery Square and other local venues!
The 9 day event takes place from Saturday 18th to Sunday 26th July, with daytime and evening activities planned throughout Walsall town centre to keep everyone entertained.
This year’s programme – developed by the Creative Walsall network, in partnership with the council’s town centre management and Creative Development teams and Creative Black Country – will feature more than 60 activities including music from local acts, boat trips from Birchills to the Wharf at Gallery Square, craft and art workshops, with many of the activities free.
There is also a full programme of fringe activities being hosted by many of the towns pubs and retailers – including a Steampunk literary event at Southcart Books in Lower Hall Lane today! The borough’s only independent bookshop is also hosting another event showcasing local authors next Saturday 25th July – The Fantastic Finale Free4All – which will be mc’d by the Bloxwich Telegraph’s editor, Stuart Williams.
Just today, there’s the following line-up of events, but there are loads more throughout the festival week!
Saturday 18th July
- 11 – 5pm Walsall on Stage in Gallery Square
- 6 solid hours of quality live music including Rock, Reggae, Indie, Tabla bass and surprise guests
- 10am – 4pm Classic vehicles from Aston Manor Road Transport Museum based In Aldridge
- 10am -4pm Theatre Caravan – marvel at the smallest theatre and amazing characters
- Arts Workshops in Central Library, Leather Museum and Helen’s Haberdashery
- 10.30 – 4.30pm Southcart’s Splendiferous Steampunk Saturday, Southcart Books, Lower Hall Lane (plus a variety of varied readings next Saturday)
- Artists and exhibitions in shop windows in Victorian Arcade and Old Square Shopping Centre
- World class Gallery and Leather Museum Exhibitions
- From 5pm More live music in The Wharf Bar
- 8pm Live Poetry and Song at Rift with Walsall Poetry Society and Launch of Ian Henery’s Book Black Country Blues.
All Walkable from Bus and Train Stations and car parks
Check out the week’s calendar of events for full details on the Creative Walsall website.
Be amazed with the finest wheelbarrow operators in the land, with representatives from Goscote Greenacres Community Garden wow the crowds with their performance on 23 July.
Throughout the week, exhibitions will be held at New Art Gallery Walsall and The Leather Museum with workshops and mini festivals held in the Old Square, Saddlers and Park Place Shopping Centres.
And the final weekend will culminate with performances from the outstanding No Fit State Circus. The Cardiff-based act – now in its 35th year, combines live music, dance, stage design, text and film with traditional circus skills.
Councillor Adrian Andrew, deputy leader at Walsall Council, said: “This year’s event promises a fantastic programme of live entertainment featuring the very best of local and national artists.
“It’s been arranged to help locals to take pride in our town and recognise the talented people who live and work here.
“We’ve really gone out on a limb to pull together some quality acts, with more than 60 activities taking place in just over a week, and I’d like to thank everyone who has been involved, particularly our Town Centre Management team and the Creative Development team.
“There’s been a great response from local groups and by the end of the 9 day event, we estimate more than 2,000 hours will have been volunteered by local people.
“We’re particularly looking forward to welcoming No Fit State Circus to Walsall, a company which has performed in more than 15 countries and to audiences of more than 250,000.
“With activities taking place in the evening as well as in the daytime, there’s something for everyone to enjoy and we hope this event will help boost trade in the town.”
An eight-page booklet detailing when and where each activity will be taking place is available in libraries and other local venues. You can also download scans from the booklet here: https://creativeblackcountry.wordpress.com/whats-on/walsall-town-festival/
Check out the event’s Facebook page for the latest info on what’s going down in Walsall town!