Partnerships, and Participation are key words in this yearâ€™s WemsFest â€“ the 4th to be staged by the Emsworth-based arts organization from 1â€“18 October.
Partnerships have been fostered with several organisations in the area in order to give more weight and promotion behind individual events. For example The Spring Arts & Heritage Centre in Havant has been able to participate in the nationally celebrated Black History Month for the first time through WemsFest involvement in the co-promotion of a concert by Les Freres Guisse from Senegal (Oct 8).
WemsFest marketing will help Tuppenny Barn reach a much wider audience for their literary and music events, and, conversely, Emsworth Business Association will use WemsFest as a means of attracting more people into the town to participate in Great British Food Fortnight.
Participatory events aimed at social interaction range from hands-on creative writing workshops to an intergenerational board game afternoon, and the Emsworth Scrabble Championship, plus walks, talks, a mass photo-shoot, and the commemoration of the Emsworthâ€™s iconic gasholder !
In amongst all of this thereâ€™s a varied range of music and theatre events which include concerts by Judie Tzuke, the Big Topp Ska Band, Americana artists Bettysoo & Curtis McMurtry, Lem & The White Fire, bluesman Eddie Martin, Congoâ€™s Lokito Ya Congo, and cellist Ella Rundle. Theatre performances include WemsFestâ€™s own company performing Racton Follies 4, and commemorating P G Wodehouseâ€™s involvement in the town with a specially adapted version of A Damsel in Distress, and actress Amanda Waring in her one-woman show â€˜For the Love of Chocolateâ€™.
Here is a full list of the events, including pre and post-WemsFest:
Saturday 19 September 10am-12noon Creative Writing Workshop at The Meeting Place, North Street, Westbourne PO10 8SP
Tuesday 22 September 8pm Lilâ€™ Jimmy Reed at Tuppenny Barn,
Tuesday 29 September 10am-2pm Creative Writing for Gourmets at Tuppenny Barn, A259 betwixt Emsworth & Southbourne PO10 8EG
Thursday 1 October 7.30pm - Judie Tzuke - Emsworth Baptist Church, North Street, Emsworth PO10 7BY
Friday 2 October 8pm Racton Follies 4 Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path PO10 7DD
Saturday 3 October 11am â€“ 3pm Punch & Judy at South Street Car Park, Emsworth PO10 7EG 7.30pm Big Topp Ska Band at the Tuppenny Barn
Sunday 4 October 3pm, The Westbourne Walk - The Lych Gate, St.Johnâ€™s Church, Westbourne PO10 8UL 8pm For the Love of Chocolate! Emsworth Community Centre,
Monday 5 October 8pm - Bettysoo & Curtis McMurtry at the Brookfield Hotel,
Tuesday 6 October 8pm - Neil Lawson-Baker â€“ The Art of the Maverick The Brookfield Hotel, Havant Road, Emsworth PO10 7LF
Thursday 8 October 8pm - Les Freres Guisse, at The Spring
Friday 9 October 8pm - Lem and The White Fire. The Westbourne Club, River Street PO10 8TG 8pm Ella Rundle Cello Recital at St. John the Baptist Church, Westbourne PO10 8UL
Saturday 10 October - 2pm, Emsworth Scrabble Championship at Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path PO10 7DD
7.30pm â€˜Serving Cocktails from the Ceilingâ€™ - A Poetry Evening with Aoife Mannix at the Tuppenny Barn, A259 betwixt Emsworth & Southbourne PO10 8EG
8pm Racton Follies 4 at The Westbourne Club, River Street PO10 8TG
Sunday 11 October 11am - The 4th WemsFest Hash at The Sussex Brewery, Main Road, Hermitage PO10 8AU
1.30pm The Big Shoot Millpond Wall, Emsworth PO10 7EQ 2.30pm Discovering Emsworth - Meet in North Street Car Park by Emsworth Museum/Fire Station PO10 7DD
Wednesday 14 October 8pm Eddie Martin at The Hewittâ€™s, South Street, Emsworth PO10 7EG
Thursday 15 October 8pm (P G Wodehouseâ€™ Birthday) A Damsel in Distress at The Brookfield Hotel, Havant Road, Emsworth PO10 8LF
Friday 16 October 8pm - Lokito Ya Congo, and African Night Fever DJs at the Westbourne Club, River Street, Westbourne PO10 8TG
Saturday 17 October2.30pm - Donâ€™t Believe the Media â€“ Honey Bees are NOT Becoming Extinct! The Stables, Eames Farm, Thorney Road PO10 8DE
2.30pm - A Damsel in Distress - The Westbourne Club, River Street, Westbourne PO10 8TG 8pm The 4th (almost) Full Moon MTB Ride from the Sussex Brewery, 36 Main Road, Hermitage PO10 8AU
8pm Comedy Night - The Westbourne Club, River Street, Westbourne PO10 8TG Jeff Lane, Lloyd Griffith, Brian & Krystal, and Joe Wells.
Sunday 18 October 2pm The WemsFest Generation Game
Emsworth Community Centre, Church Path PO10 7DD
8pm - WemsFest Team Quiz at the Westbourne Club, River Street, Westbourne PO10 8TG
8pm Friday 23 & Saturday 24 October - Set the Controls forâ€¦(the Heart of the Sun) - Visual projections with silent disco on the Emsworth gasholder Palmers Road, Emsworth PO10 7DL
8pm Saturday 31 October Halloween - Nosferatu with Elizabeth-Jane Baldry (harp) - Chidham & Hambrook Village Hall, Main Road, PO10 8TP