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Festival Fever – Bigger And Bolder Than Ever Before
Tuesday 17th February, 2009

Festival Fever – Bigger And Bolder Than Ever Before
Photo from last year's WOW Festival.

Wigan and Leigh’s festival season is promising to be “bigger and bolder” following a £60,000 grant from Wigan Borough Partnership.

Last year more than 30,000 people flocked to enjoy the free events held across the borough. Organiser’s Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust are hoping this year’s line-up will knock Wigan and Leigh folk for six.

Hot On The Streets, Arts For All, Haigh Music Festival, Words 09, Hot On The Square and Wigan One World Festival complete the six extended series of events forming this year’s Festival Fever programme.

Chris Wyatt, Arts and Festivals co-ordinator for WLCT, said: “This will be the biggest, boldest and most vibrant Festival Fever season ever for Wigan Borough.
“The spring and summer months are going to be alive with an eclectic mix of music, dance, theatre, comedy and other arts.”

The events kick off in April with the Words 09 Wigan and Leigh Literary Festival.

Starting May 27th three days of Hot On The Streets (HOTS) will see street arts and community performers from Sao Paulo to Shanghai performing in Wigan Market Place.

On June 13th a free day of family arts fun day has been organised with activities, exhibitions, demonstrations and live performers as part of Arts For All.

Hot on the Square takes place over three days in Leigh Civic Square from July 22nd with local dance and theatre groups and international professional performers.

Haigh’s massive music festival has been pencilled in for July 5th with the Festival Fever calendar climaxing with the Wigan One World multicultural event on August 2nd.

Chris added: “The borough now has a growing reputation for hosting and supporting high calibre quality public events.
“Local home grown talent mixing with internationally acclaimed performers has ensured a powerful and well received line up for the HOTS programme. Resident bands playing amazingly good original songs on stage at Haigh Music Festival also speaks volumes. And there is always colourful sights and sounds as part of Wigan One World Festival in August.
“Festival Fever is about celebrating who we are, and what we can do creatively and collectively.

“There is a strong ethos of sharing and togetherness at all of these festivals, that makes Festival Fever unique.”

Wigan Borough Partnership is a strategic partnership where all agencies that provide local services come together to steer the future direction of the borough.

For further information visit www.wlct.org.

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