Per­form­ers in three weeks of new events

Macclesfield Express - - BARLOW’S BRIEF - KAREN BRIT­TON

SINGERS, dancers and ac­tors will per­form for an ex­cit­ing three week­ends of en­ter­tain­ment this sum­mer.

A new Macclesfield Per­form­ing Arts Fes­ti­val and ‘Show­stop­pers’ week­end have been an­nounced to take place in June.

It is hoped that events, along with the new Macclesfield Folk Fes­ti­val an­nounced by Brad Snel- ling ear­lier this year, will help fill the void left by the Barn­aby Fes­ti­val, which or­gan­is­ers an­nounced last year would take a break un­til 2016.

The new fes­ti­vals have been or­gan­ised by direc­tor, pro­ducer and drama teacher Kalini Kent, from Bolling­ton, and will take place the week­end be­fore and af­ter the Macclesfield Folk Fes­ti­val.

The Macclesfield Per­form­ing Arts Fes­ti­val will fea­ture ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing stage com­bat, cir­cus skills, drum­ming, mime, act­ing, cheer­lead­ing and sto­ry­telling, while the Show­stop­per will be specif­i­cally for young per­form­ers.

Kalini, from Bolling­ton, runs Cygnets - Cheshire Youth Group for New and Emerg­ing Tal­ent on Stage - set up in 2010 to de­velop skills in the per­form­ing arts.

She said: “Be­ing in­volved in per­form­ing arts and work­ing in the com­mu­nity for many years, I have al­ways been pas­sion­ate about de­vel­op­ing in­di­vid­u­als and find­ing ways to build their con­fi­dence and self-be­lief. I am a firm be­liever in us­ing drama and all forms of per­form­ing arts to help young peo­ple de­velop life skills in­clud­ing lan­guage and pre­sen­ta­tion skills and cre­ativ­ity.”

Kalini, mar­ried to David and mum to Martin, 23, and Jen­nifer, 17, said:“With the gap left by Barn­aby this year, I wanted to take the op­por­tu­nity to put on a Per­form­ing Arts Fes­ti­val, all sec­tors of the Macclesfield com­mu­nity, adults and young peo­ple. My­self and Cygnets are look­ing to form part­ner­ships with as many groups as pos­si­ble and get lo­cal peo­ple in­volved in what will be a fan­tas­tic com­mu­nity event.”

The Per­form­ing Arts Fes­ti­val will take place at St Michaels Church on Satur­day, June 13 and Sun­day, June 14, with Macclesfield Folk Fes­ti­val the fol­low­ing week­end.

Show­stop­pers by Cygnets is a chance to meet the team and learn new per­form­ing arts skills, at St Michaels Church from Thurs­day, June 25 to Satur­day, June 27.

Visit cygnets.org, email info@cygnets.org or con­tact 07780 685498 for in­for­ma­tion.

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