Our favourite picks of the St Ives September Festival

Posted by: Claire Gilbert 14-09-2015

With Bestival bringing the mainstream 2015 summer festival season to a close, most of us will be sadly bidding farewell to the summer festivities and packing away the tent for another year. However if you’re still looking for a cultural fix, then look no further than the St. Ives September Festival with 300 events taking place across the town over the next couple of weeks. Festival celebrations are underway from 12th to 26th September with something for everyone, including great live music, exhibitions, walks, talks, workshops, films, comedy, theatre, plays and more.

Here’s our take on some of the highlights to enjoy over the next fortnight:

Tuesday 15th September (and 22nd Sept if you miss it first time around) – Some Enchanted Evening by Kidz R Us is a celebration of the songs of Rodgers and Hammerstein.  Featuring some of the Kidz R Us graduates group, this musical collection of compositions places eight performers in a theatrical setting. Don’t miss out on our office favourite, Sixteen Going on Seventeen from The Sound of Music.

Friday 18th September – there’s a lunchtime talk taking place between 1pm and 2.15pm at the St Ives Arts Club, on the subject of A Leach Potter in Japan. Often regarded as the Father of British Studio Pottery, Bernard Leach’s connections with Japan are well known. However, this talk focuses on Kat Wheeler who was invited to Mashiko, Japan by the Hamada family to take part in the first firing of their historic climbing kiln following its rebuild after the 2010 earthquake. Only the third Leach potter to go on a working residency from St Ives to Japan, Kat shares that experience.

Wednesday 23rd September – be inspired by your surroundings at Porthmeor Studios for St Ives School of Painting’s Self Portrait Taster session. From 10am – 12.30pm, Gary Long will take you through step by step how to use blind contour, continuous line and volume to deliver very personal artwork.

Thursday 24th September – see The Beat live at the Guildhall and enjoy an evening of ska fusion and all-time favourite hits Mirror In The Bathroom and Hands Off She’s Mine. If this won’t get you dancing, nothing will!

Saturday 26th September – Last day of the festival, so make the most of it with the family at Porthminster Beach for the Architectural Sandcastle Competition from 12 noon – 4pm. With buckets and spades at the ready, there are a range of categories to enter and the freedom to build whatever inspires on a plot of 3m x 3m.

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