2020 & 2021 has been a testing time for all, not least the Arts Sector, which has been decimated by successive lockdowns, and then seemingly ‘moved to the back of the queue’ when being allowed to restart.
Previously, KA used to put on the ‘Festival of the Voice’, but of course KA is so much more than that, encompassing all forms of creative excellence, from painting and sculpture, to photography, film, as well as the spoken word, song & music. To this end, our restarting will see the Festival evolve, and encompass all that we represent.
The new festival shall have an Arts & Crafts Fair, exclusive Film Screenings, Mixed Cabaret, Story telling, Guided tours, Wellbeing sessions, and so much more, but of course still include events that honor the previous Festival of the Voice.
Kingston Arts, and indeed the wider community has been especially hard hit & shocked by the devastating loss of its Chair, Aine Lark to cancer last September. This new festival will be dedicated in her honour, to not only pay homage to her boundless energy, enthusiasm and passion for the arts, but also her selflessness, compassion and love she had for her family and friends.
As her husband, I miss her terribly, but as the new Chair of Kingston Arts, “The show must go on!”, and to that end, it is my privilege to formally announce our forthcoming: “Kingston Arts Festival”
Please Save the Date, and support the Festival as much as you can!