ArtBeat 2014 – Day 9

All the arts were in evidence today: printing, dancing, literature and music. At College Court Sarah Kirby, one of Leicester’s foremost print artists, was exhibiting examples of the linocuts she has produced as part of the project she has been doing for the Department of Urban History at Leicester University. The idea is to represent in this print form some of the city’s beautiful industrial buildings such as the Corona machine tool factory. The exhibition is on for two more days until the end of the festival and Sarah will be talking about this project on Sunday morning at 11.30 – in College Court, Knighton Road.

There was a short performance of Indian classical dance for the elderly residents of South Lodge to enjoy in the afternoon. They were then invited to dance themselves along to the music that would have got them on the dance floor in their younger days. Some of those taking part had also enjoyed the tea dance earlier in the week.

In the evening at Avenue Primary School three of Leicester’s successful authors of fiction gave their audience a fascinating insight into the lives of writers. Janet Adams, Rod Duncan and Bali Rai talked about what and who got them writing in the first place, why they choose the particular genres (crime fiction and stories for young adults). There were some common threads running through much of what they said. They start with a sense of place, then find the characters and develop them, and then comes the plot. They tend not to know the end of the story when they start writing. They also said that 1000 words of new writing constituted a good day’s work.

Back to the Cradock late in the evening to catch the Andy Wales gig. Tremendous driving blues, drawing on the work of Robert Cray and B B king as well some of their own original stuff. There was an appreciative crowd who earlier had found the music from other bands engaging enough to distract them from watching on TV the Dutch destruction of the World Cup holders Spain in Brazil. The music at all the venues this last week has been varied and of high quality, reminding us of how much talent there is on our own doorstep and how accessible it can be.