With the end of this year's Leek Arts Festival just a few days away, now seems a good time to look back on a hectic few weeks of events and activities around the town.
Although slightly smaller in scale than last year – 42 events instead of last year's 50 or so – this year's programme still managed to cover most types of art and culture with a very definite "something for everyone" feel about it.
Festival spokesman Phil Edmeades said: "After losing around £4,000 last year the festival committee set out with a determination to minimise the risk of further losses by limiting our exposure to the risk of events failing to at least break even.
"With some of the major acts booked by the festival committee costing £2,000 – and more – it was a case of balancing ticket prices against overall expenditure while simultaneously trying to keep things as affordable as possible for local people. Thanks to support from our sponsors and a noticeable 'feel-good factor' among this year's audiences, we managed to strike that balance and maintain our finances in a reasonably healthy state."
Phil said the festival committee wanted to thank everyone involved in this year's festival including sponsors, outside organisations who staged their own events, the Foxlowe Arts Centre volunteers and trustees and staff at Leek Tourist Information Centre.
He added: "The festival committee volunteers put in a huge amount of work to organise the programme each year, but none of it could happen without the support and co-operation of all those groups and individuals who so enthusiastically lend their support. We are very grateful to them all."
Events still to come in the 2014 Leek Arts Festival programme include:
Saturday June 7
The Phoenix Singers present 'Remembrances' with folk artist and composer Johnny Coppin – part of the Borderlands tour. The concert will reflect on the anniversary of the start of the Great War. All Saints Church, Leek at 7.30pm Tickets £12 (U18s £2) from Leek Tourist Information Centre, Picture Book in Stanley Street West Street Post Office and choir members.
Thursday June 12
Birmingham Conservatoire Folk Ensemble directed by Joe Broughton. More than 40 young musicians take to the stage in a frenzy of sound and excitement. The Foxlowe Arts Centre at 8pm. Tickets £13 available online from www.leekartsfestival.org or from Leek Tourist Information Centre.