Saturday

ARTISAN MARKET
at The Town Hall – on both floors
Time – 10am – 4pm
Local artists and crafts people selling their wares, from furniture to jewellery & ceramics to silk.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

CASTLE ARTISTS EXHIBITION
at The Public Hall
Time – 10am to 5pm
23rd, 24th and 25th February
Around 20 local artists will exhibit in the spacious Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ
They will show “Affordable Art”, which can include paintings, linocuts, watercolours, textiles,ceramics and cards. On Saturday 18th, the Mainstone WI will run a Creative Cafe supplying refreshments and homemade cakes and savouries. Free entry and parking.
Will be joind by Elfin Grot at 1pm.  See below for details.
Full disabled access. http://www.castleartists.co.uk
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

ELFIN GROT
at The Public Hall
Time – FROM 1pm
At the Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle SY9 5AQ
As part of the Castle Artist’s exhibition.
Elfin Grot is a folk-music band from the Welsh Marches of England. We play bucolic, gothic and faerie folk-music. The line up is Clarinet, Violin, Flute, Guitar, Renaissance Drum and Vocals. Our repertoire is mainly traditional.  The band formed in late 2016. Our name comes from one of our songs, the poem La Belle Dame Sans Merci (Keats) set to music.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

SHROPSHIRE HILLS ART WEEK (SHAW) 2018 Selection Box
Time – 10 am – 5 pm each day  Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February
The SHAW selection box looks forward to the full exhibition (2nd to 10th June) by inviting each artist to submit just one piece to showcase their work set against the backdrop of this important 18th century townhouse.  Tea/coffee/cake available
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited

OPEN STUDIOS –  more details under  ‘THROUGHOUT’
Drusilla Cole
3 Bull Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5DB
Time – 10 am – 5pm each day  Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th
Jane Allard
Time – 10 am – 4pm each day  Friday 23rd, Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th
Kerry Rise, Kerry Green, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5AR
Jock Wright
Time – 11 am – 4pm each day  Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February
Yarborough House, Market Square, Bishop’s Castle, SY9 5BN
ORIEL GLASS STUDIO – Helen Robinson
The Old Vicarage, Church Lane, Bishops Castle SY9 5AF
Time 10am – 5pm  Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th February
Geraldine Burkill
Time – 10 am – 3pm   Saturday 24th & Sunday 25th February
2 Kerry Lane, Bishop’s Castle
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

SINGING WORKSHOP with RAPSQUILLION
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 10.30am to 12.30pm
Prior to their concert on Saturday evening,  Rapsquillion are running a harmony workshop.  Anyone who has ever fancied singing with others is very welcome, regardless of experience. Our aim is to get participants making a lovely sound as quickly as possible – we believe that if you can talk, you can sing! “What a great way to learn music and have fun!” (Michael, Fishguard Folk Festival) http://www.rapsquillion.co.uk
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

‘MUCH ADO ABOUT WOMEN (in Shakespeare)’
at The Church Barn
Time – 2.00pm
Eileen & Tom Baker will be enlightening us about the role of women in Shakespeare’s plays.  “All that we know of Shakespeare’s attitude to women has to be mined from his plays and sonnets. Combining readings with observations, we hope to demonstrate that his work accords to women a surprising degree of influence, intelligence and wit.”
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

PANTO – JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
by the Castle Players

at SpArC Theatre
Time – 2.00pm and 6.30pm
It’s pantomine time, Oh no it isn’t, Oh yes it is.
Admission – £6 adult / £4 child

ALPHABET DANCERS 
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – 3.30pm – 5pm
English Country Dancing with the Alphabet Band.
Dances from 1651 onwards – think Jane Austen in style.
Come alone, as couples or a group. Beginners welcome.
Admission Free – Donations to Festival Funds invited.

YOUNG MUSICIANS WORKSHOP
At the Underground, Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ
Time 4pm – 6 pm
AMP (about music project) is very pleased to welcome Gersom Engels, an hugely gifted musician and qualified music teacher to lead the next “young musician’s workshop”
These monthly workshops are organised and run by About Music Project who provide the opportunity for young musicians of all abilities and backgrounds to try out new instruments, explore collective song-writing and improvisation and much more.
A contribution of £4 is requested which goes towards the cost of the sessions and parental consent is required. The workshops are for children aged 8 and upwards.  (parents are asked to stay and supervise their children under the age of 11)
If you want to learn more about these workshops or About Music Project please contact Fiona Pidduck at sbm@clun.shropshire.sch.uk   or 07850 423081/01588630181

ABOUT MUSIC PROJECT – MUSIC SHOWCASE
Wyson with support
at The Underground, Public Hall, Station Street, Bishops Castle, SY9 5AQ
Time – 7 – 9.30 pm
Wyson, – One of the immensely talented and successful AMP bands.   Comprising of Joe Hawkins, Joe Carty, George Woolford and Milo Ellis.
Admission £4        AMP will be donating to the Arts Festival Funds.

RAPSQUILLION CONCERT with guests Sam & Maddy
at The Three Tuns Inn
Time – Doors Open 7.30pm for 8pm start
Rapsquillion is an award winning harmony group with a repertoire that travels from traditional folk music to 21st Century protest songs, calling in at 1940s jazz, music hall and the chapel hymn book on the way. Although based locally this is a rare, and welcome, ‘home’ performance for the band after a busy year of performing at festivals and clubs across the UK.
“Rapsquillion – fresh, enchanting, just delightful” (Lynne, The Wirral)
www.rapsquillion.co.uk
Admission £10       Tickets available from the Town Hall and
http://www.ticketsource.co.uk/bcth