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Ellesmere Port Arts Festival Opening Event is a Fantastic Success

11 March 2014 – The first ever Ellesmere Port Arts Festival is underway and began with a fantastic opening event at Trinity.

The Arts Festival will run until 27 April, with as main event the internationally renowned Methodist Collection of Modern Art exhibited at four venues in the town centre: Trinity, West Cheshire College, University Church of England Academy, and the Paperboat Gallery.

The opening event was well attended by 200 people. The Fireflies, the Great Sutton Male Voice Choir, and children from local schools performed the “Anthem for the Port” directed by Georgina West, lyrics by Janys Chambers, and music composed and played by Matt Baker.

Ellesmere Port Arts Festival Opening Event

Whilst Trinity was at the heart of the community with the opening event, the arts festival has now spread out to the other main venues, and will also see a host of events as part of the fringe calendar across town.

Many local organisations and residents have already been involved, bringing the community together, with some people already talking about organising a second Arts Festival in two years time.

For more information about this exciting event happening in Ellesmere Port please pick up an arts festival booklet form different venues in town, or visit www.theportartsfestival.wordpress.com, or email Jochem.hollestelle@cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk.
 Said Councillor Pat Merrick, Chair of the Arts Festival Steering Group: “Thursday evening was a lovely start to our Arts Festival and the Anthem for the Port was beautiful and very movingly performed by the choir and children.

“All our contributors and especially the band of volunteers deserve our heartfelt thanks. I was delighted to be there and hope to revisit the various venues many times over the next six weeks.

“There are lots of different events so please pick up your copy of the programme as everything is free and I hope everyone will take up these wonderful opportunities that are available in our town until 27 April.”

Reverend Ruth Gee, President of the Methodist Conference in Britain said: “It is good that the Methodist Collection of Modern Art is at the centre of this art festival. The enthusiasm of the whole community was evident in the launch event” 

Said Reverend Christine Jones of Trinity Ellesmere Port: “The launch of the festival marked the effectiveness of local people working together. Trinity Methodist Church celebrates 100 years of being on the high street in 2014. It is a time of celebration and transformation as we discover what it means to be there with neighbours. The opening event was a wonderful evening which created a sense of hope for a successful six weeks of the Ellesmere Port Arts Festival.”

Said Councillor Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council: “I am very excited that we now have a developing arts and culture agenda in Ellesmere Port.

“This supports and compliments the work the Council is doing on regeneration, working with the private sector in creating substantial number of jobs and investments in our schools and roads. This comprehensive approach is helping to create vibrancy in the town. I do hope the Arts Festival is a real success.”