Music, art, cinema and theater at the rendezvous of the return of the Harwich Festival

A SPECTACULAR feast of music, art, film and theater is in store at this year’s Harwich Festival.

The popular annual festival returns on Wednesday June 22 and will continue until July 2.

The program begins at 7pm with a grand opening of the festival’s art exhibitions at the Esplanade Hall, the Old Chapel and the Bodgeners Galleries, featuring pirate jazz band Wash Your Hands from Harwich.

This is followed on June 23 with the first of a series of lunchtime concerts at St. Nicholas Church.

Top of the list of paid concerts, Baluji Shrivastav will take place on Sunday June 26 at 2:30 p.m. at the Harwich Arts and Heritage Centre.

One of the world’s leading sitar players, he will play a selection of Indian classical music.

Other world and classical evenings will be provided by Intarsia, Italian clarinetist Luca Luciano and Harwich’s own Choral Society.

For jazz fans, the program kicks off June 24 at the Arts Center with a festival premiere by the Suffolk Organ Trio Thane and the Villeins.

The drama is provided by UPG Emergent Ensemble performing On the Strandline, which will be staged twice on the beach on June 25.

Dramatic Pause Productions brings the classic gothic tale of Dracula to life at Redoute Fort on June 27, while the Smoking Apples Theater Company unveils Kinder, the story of a young Czech Jewish girl escaping on a Kindertransport train, on July 2.

The film is represented by the screening of the film Still, which explores the extraordinary potential of the daily lives of residents of Lime Court care home in Harwich.

The festival ends on July 3 at St. Nicholas Church with an extraordinary single-piano performance by Argentinian twins Fabiana and Paula Chavez.

Peter Davis, Artistic Director, said: “It has been a busy time for the Harwich Festival team, the festival following so soon after the Jubilee celebrations.

“Nevertheless, we are very happy to offer a wide variety of music, theatre, exhibitions and spoken word.

“We’re a little bigger than last year, with old favorites returning and new artists coming in.”

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