New event is per­fect plat­form for fes­ti­val

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - What’s On -

The buzz is build­ing for Cre­ate Plat­form with a week-long pro­gramme of events across Ash­ford lead­ing up to the an­nual mu­sic fes­ti­val.

For the first time a mix of unique events will run in the week, from Fri­day to Sun­day, July 14-23, in­clud­ing a range of themed ex­hi­bi­tions, con­certs and street en­ter­tain­ment in different spa­ces in the town.

Events in­clude Mr Doodle’s Stu­dio in the Park Mall shop­ping cen­tre where the walls, floor and ceil­ing will be cov­ered in his art; street en­ter­tain­ers per­form­ing around the town cen­tre; David Live, the David Bowie trib­ute show, will be returning due to pop­u­lar de­mand for a two-hour show; and there will be lots of ac­tiv­i­ties around the Hu­bert Foun­tain in Vic­to­ria Park, to cel­e­brate the 176th birth­day of Mr Ge­orge Harper, the man who gifted the Grade II-listed mon­u­ment to the park.

Cre­ate or­gan­iser Chris Dixon said: “Cre­ate Plat­form will launch this year and we can’t wait. It’s a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for us to show­case even more of Ash­ford’s lo­cal tal­ent and help build the buzz ahead of the fes­ti­val.”

Cllr Mike Ben­nett, Ash­ford coun­cil port­fo­lio holder for cul­ture, said: “Cre­ate is grow­ing year by year, and while it has al­ways hosted a range of spin-off events, Cre­ate Plat­form is a nice way to bring it all to­gether.

“I hope it will soon be recog­nised as an­other great cul­tural event in Ash­ford’s cal­en­dar year.”

For a full list of the Plat­form events lead­ing up to the Cre­ate Fes­ti­val visit www.cre­ate­fes­ti­val. co.uk

David Bowie trib­ute act, David Live, is part of Cre­ate Plat­form

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