Won­der­land birth­day theme for Sum­mer Fest

Rutherglen Reformer - - The Ticket - An­drea O’Neill

Two days of fun ac­tiv­i­ties for all the fam­ily are in store within the grounds of East Kil­bride Arts Cen­tre at this year’s EK Sum­mer Fest.

The fun-filled and com­pletely free fes­ti­val week­ender, on Satur­day, June 27 and Sun­day, June 28 is also cel­e­brat­ing 21 years of the Arts Cen­tre and will take on an Alice in Won­der­land theme in recog­ni­tion of 150 years of Lewis Car­roll’s clas­sic tale.

For lo­cal craft lovers there will be an out­door arts and crafts fair over the course of the week­end from 12noon – 4.30pm show­cas­ing lo­cal hand­made art­work.

Come and try work­shops in­clude: pot­tery, arts and crafts, pa­per kites plus much more.

En­ter the won­der­ful world of mag­i­cal and mys­tery sto­ry­telling, come and en­joy a per­for­mance of le­gends, tall tales and sto­ries of giants, mon­sters and trolls from cul­tures and coun­tries from around the world. Char­ac­ters, an­i­mals and mon­sters come alive through ex­pert sto­ry­telling... and it’s free! Book­ing is avail­able on the day.

Chil­dren can also search for Alice in Won­der­land’s Cheshire Cat and Dor­mouse as the back gar­den of the Arts Cen­tre is trans­formed into the Mad Hat­ter’s Tea Party. And look out for what Two, Five and Seven – the play­ing card gar­den­ers have done!

Housed in their own trav­el­ling bou­tique, Har­buck and Futtcock – Milliners of Dis­tinc­tion – will cre­ate orig­i­nal be­spoke hats to or­der, on the spot. Kids can also ex­plore skat­ing and skatepoard­ing at the mo­bile skate park.

Yarn­bomb­ing also re­turns to EK Sum­mer Fest this year. The whim­si­cal knit graf­fitti phe­nom­menon opens up what knit­ing and cro­chet­ing can be – a cel­e­bra­tion of beauty and hu­mour. Other at­trac­tions on of­fer in­clude street theatre, street walk­ers and gar­den games, cir­cus skills, work­shops, face paint­ing, car­i­ca­tures,

Over the two days there will be per­for­mances from Feeva and the Arts Cen­tre’s very own Any­one Can Sing choir and Tar­tan Taiko. And per­form­ing live on the out­door stage will be The Jersey Boys, Soundroutes and Bar­bara Bryce­land.

Dave An­der­son, who opened the Arts Cen­tre in 1994, re­turns to celebrate the cen­tre’s 21st birth­day by hav­ing his por­trait painted by artist Jason Camp­bell. The por­trait will be un­veiled in the café dur­ing the sum­mer.

Please note there will be no park­ing at this event which runs from 12-5pm.

Fes­ti­val of fun Chelsea Mullen, Pauline Bell and Lisa McKin­non at last year’s event

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