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Foxlowe Arts Centre in Leek to host an event to celebrate peace

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 01, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

Janet Russell will be headlining at one of the concerts being hosted at the Foxlowe Arts Centre as part of '1914-2014 – In Celebration of Peace' in Leek.

Janet Russell will be headlining at one of the concerts being hosted at the Foxlowe Arts Centre as part of '1914-2014 – In Celebration of Peace' in Leek.

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CREATIVE artists from across the Staffordshire Moorlands and beyond will be marking the 100th anniversary of the Great War with a weekend of events in April.

Aimed at celebrating peace and reconciliation, singers, songwriters, musicians, artists, writers, poets and performance readers will come together to take part in '1914-2014 – In Celebration of Peace' at Leek's Foxlowe Arts Centre over the weekend of April 5 and 6.

The Saturday at the Market Place venue will be a day of music with singarounds and a harmony singing workshop in the afternoon, led by former Mikron theatre director Janet Russell.

In the evening there will be a concert headlined by Janet Russell, who has worked professionally on the folk scene for more than 30 years.

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The Sunday afternoon will be devoted to the spoken word with readings from Roger Elkin, Pamela Brough Sandiford and Phil Edmeades.

There will also be a Meet the Readers and Writers session, plus films from local and national archives.

The evening concert for the Sunday will start with readings and performances by local poets and writers, The Packhorse Poets, Borderland Voices and Leek Writers.

That will be followed by the premiere of 'Journeys - scenes in songs, images and film' – Rick Ford's new show featuring his own songs performed live with a backdrop of images, archive footage and newsreel, produced in collaboration with renowned documentary film maker Professor Ray Johnson.

The weekend is being jointly organised by Leek Quakers, Foxlowe Arts Centre, Foxlowe Sessions, Peace Through Folk and the Royal British Legion.

Event co-ordinator Peter Kent-Baguley said: "In the salad days of spring 1914 the wealthy and powerful of the western world were enjoying the comforts and trappings of wealth born out of the industrial revolution and the various empires that stretched around the globe.

"Perversely, the most powerful were also blindly talking themselves into war. All across Europe young men eagerly looked forward to the glory of battle and words like trench-warfare, barbed wire and mustard gas were yet to enter the public consciousness."

The programme will be updated on www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk. Anyone keen to get involved can contact Peace Through Folk on 01538 388418 or 0780 552 9492.

Tickets are priced £5 for the Saturday afternoon; £8 for the Saturday evening concert; £7 for the Sunday afternoon sessions; and £7 for the Sunday evening performance. A weekend pass costs £12 while under-16s go free. Tickets can be purchased from the Foxlowe Arts Centre, www.foxloweartscentre.org.uk, or 01538 386112. For more information contact Peter Kent-Baguley at peter@kent-baguley.co.uk or on 0777 346 4626.

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