Summer of arts entertainment in store for town centre locations

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Banbury town centre will be a showcase for the arts and creativity on Fridays when Banbury Presents starts next month.

Town co-ordinators at Cherwell District Council (CDC) have teamed up with arts and entertainment specialists Planet Neptune to run a programme featuring different types of performance, exhibition, arts events and activities in open-air locations.

It will be using empty shop fronts, taking part in processions and promenades through the town, putting on traditional and forum theatre, and using installations and displays. Events will feature people who are connected to the area.

Planet Neptune’s, Suzette Watson, says: “The Banbury Presents programme will showcase experienced professional artists and performers and make a stage for newcomers, amateur artists, and local people from all generations and social groups.

“Local organisations, schools, community groups and leaders will also be involved not only to perform and exhibit, but to get involved on the ground by submitting their stories, poetry, and thoughts on what makes Banbury special for them.”

The programme is part of CDC’s town centre vitality project, using High Street Innovation funds and supported by a contribution from the owners of Castle Quay.

It will start in April and will be every Friday in spring and summer with a possible expansion to Saturdays and Thursdays. Organisers may develop an autumn and winter programme. More details will be on a new Banbury Presents Facebook page.

For more contact Neil Wild on 07801 164034 or Iain Nicholson on 07930 453883.