Winterfest takes over town again

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - ALEX HIB­BERT

THAT fes­tive feel­ing is start­ing to take hold after tick­ets for Mac­cles­field’s favourite Yule­tide fes­ti­val Winterfest went on sale.

Or­gan­is­ers say this year’s event will be in­spired by the town’s peo­ple, and its roster is set to fea­ture a horde of lo­cal ini­tia­tives and com­mu­nity in­spired per­for­mances.

Star names are also set to ap­pear as Winterfest takes over venues around the town – with co­me­dian Rus­sell Kane and broad­caster Ni­cholas Par­sons, who will be host­ing ‘an evening with’, both vis­it­ing the town for the showcase.

All of the win­ter bo­nan- za’s fa­mil­iar favourites will also re­turn this year, in­clud­ing The Big Light Switch On at Mac­cles­field’s Mar­ket Place and the an­nual Christ­mas Party.

Bradley Snelling, the fes­ti­val’s di­rec­tor, said: “This year, we have part­nered with lo­cal com­mu­nity groups as well as lo­cal busi­nesses to bring at­ten­dees an ex­panded se­lec­tion of bril­liant events.

“Though un­der the WinterFest um­brella, th­ese will be in­de­pen­dently run and that means this year there prom­ises to be even more vari­a­tion and fun on of­fer than ever be­fore.

“As well as that, there is go­ing to be a to­tal of five art exhibitions, a sea­son of films at the Park Tav­ern, kids’ ac­tiv­i­ties with Wacky Woods and two events with the Cheshire Youth Group for New and Emerg­ing Tal­ent on Stage (Cygnets), as well as a gospel evening and more.

“With 20 fea­tured events, there re­ally will be some­thing for ev­ery­one this win­ter.”

The fes­ti­val has also teamed up with char­ity In­cu­ba­tion Arts, which, in as­so­ci­a­tion with Cheshire Artists Net­work and Arts Coun­cil Eng­land, will present a thought pro­vok­ing ex­hi­bi­tion of Cheshire artists’ work that has been in­spired by the First World War. Winterfest 2014 will un fromr mid-Novem­ber un­til the end of De­cem­ber. Tick­ets for all of the events can be pur­chased on­line now via winterfest mac­cles­ or by call­ing 07899 820 334. Al­ter­na­tively, you can pur­chase tick­ets in per­son at the Vis­i­tor In­for­ma­tion Cen­tres in Mac­cles­field and Con­gle­ton.

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