Mayor wishes “good luck to everyone involved in this great arts initiative”

Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Libby Lisgo

Taunton Deane Mayor Cllr Libby Lisgo

Taunton Deane’s Mayor Cllr Libby Lisgo has wished everyone taking part in the 10 Parishes Festival, which runs from September 7 – 15, the best of luck.

“The 10 Parishes Festival is a hugely important part of our cultural life here in Taunton Deane and is one of the best ways that we have of making sure the visual and performing arts are celebrated across this rural part of our district. It’s also a very helpful boost to the local economy as well as being great fun for all those involved,” she said.

“I am really looking forward to taking part (Cllr Lisgo is judging the Carnival at the Street Market on Sunday Sept 8) and I am very keen to visit as many venues as possible.  Good luck to everyone involved in this great arts initiative and enormous thanks to all the sponsors.”

Meanwhile, Wiveliscombe’s businesses are getting right behind the Festival, with community and arts events happening everywhere from  brewery to café to pub, and local shops specially opening as people flock to the town for the Street Market and Carnival.

Cotleigh Brewery on Ford Road in Wiveliscombe, is joining in with an exhibition of The Brewing History of Wiveliscombe- with memorabilia from the town’s rich brewing history and tastings from Cotleigh Brewery and Exmoor Ales.

It will also house an exciting video installation show by Philip D. Moore called The Seed, The Farmer and The Machine (see separate blog on this page), and a performance by Taunton Thespians.

The Bear Inn Skittle Alley will take on a very different lease of life during the Festival, with exhibitions by a group of talented painters and photographers, while This Is Moorish, the popular restaurant-café, will host six artists plus a special evening of Poetry and Pizza.

Further afield, The Orangery at Nynehead Court Residential Home, near Wellington, has been set aside for a highly varied exhibition of nine artists, sculptors, glass makers and more.

For full details please visit the online guide or printed Guides are still available at Wiveliscombe Community Office (tel:01984 624777, email, also follow on Twitter and Facebook.

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