I thought I'd write a little about the Art of Heritage festival which I organise in Southampton. It is a community led festival, all the work is carried out by volunteers within the city and anybody can join in, in which ever capacity they would like to.
The event began last year, quickly growing from an arts exhibition to a full blown celebration of all the arts in one place. I aimed to provide a platform for artists to exhibit their work and also encourage people who wouldn't normally access galleries to explore and enjoy art in a more relaxed setting. This year we have artists who were inspired by last years event to showcase their work and are exhibiting with us this year, we are thrilled that the event motivated artists to do this and we look forward to seeing more as the years pass by.
We try and fill the venue both inside and out with all forms of art, design and performance and this year will be no exception! over 3 days we have:
44 live bands and musicians
10 live graffiti artists
The Black Dogs live skate installation
20+ exhibiting artists
16 artisan craftsmen and women
Live vehicle painting
rides and entertainment
Craft foods from Radial Roots vegan foods and Lexies Fresh doughnuts and crepes
In House café
Motorbike design display
Kids and family zone
Indoor acoustic stage
Spoken word tent/stage
and much more!
If you live locally to Southampton, please come along and support his event, it is free to enter and you will be supporting and nurturing our arts culture at the same time!
To get involved please email us at artofheritage'outlook.com or send us a message on Facebook! We don't have a website yet but will be looking into all the marketing after this years event, so if you can volunteer some IT time or marketing for us, you would be most welcomed!
Next years event will include a river carnival along the Itchen River, the management group is already forming for this, if this is your area of specialty or something that interests you, again please get in touch with us to get involved!!
GETTING PEOPLE EXCITED ABOUT ART!