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Festival will be a showcase for local talent

Festival will be a showcase for local talent

BSTC - 9th June 2009

Forget Britain’s Got Talent, Bradley Stoke is where its at this weekend.

The Bradley Stoke Community Festival 2009 runs from Friday to Sunday with a multitude of local talent on display. From Music and Dance, to Football and Cricket there is bound to be something for everyone at this year’s event which gets underway at the Jubilee Centre on Friday Morning.

Kicking off with a Coffee Morning featuring table top stalls and children’s entertainment from 9am, the ever popular Professor Panic returns for the Pre School ‘Picnic in the Park’ from 11am with face painting and storytelling among the attractions on Day One.

Saturday looks set to be a real treat for sports fans with the arrival of the McDonalds Football Open day for the under 7s at 11am. As well as showing off their skills local youngsters will get a chance to meet England World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst who’ll be on hand with McDonalds head coach Eric Harrison to give tips and encouragement to potential stars of tomorrow.

If that’s not your thing, then soak up the sun around the main stage where a variety of local musicians and dance groups will provide the entertainment from 12.30pm. In addition there will be a variety of stalls and entertainments around the site to keep kids and grown ups entertained.

On Sunday over 300 runners will take on the Sole Sister’s 10k Fun Run while the skate park plays host to the annual competition for BMX and Boards.

And it doesn’t stop there! Sunday Afternoon at Bailey’s Court is a must for Cricket fans with a Brass Band and BBQ accompanying a six aside tournament as teams compete for the Bradley Stoke Cup!

Entrance to all sites is free with donations and activity proceeds going towards the Mayor’s chosen charities which this year are The Bristol Dyslexia Centre and British Limbless Ex-Servicemen Association (BLESMA).

Saturday 13th June

The programme involves a range of local bands interspersed with dance and art performances from local clubs:

  • 12.30: Bristol born Alfie Kingston opens the Festival with an acoustic set playing numbers from his album “Creatures & People's Ways”.
  • 13.10: A Tale of 3 Journeys told by Mark Richards
  • 13.25: Official welcome by the Mayor of Bradley Stoke, Cllr Mark Forsyth
  • 13.30: Local carnival band Iluaxe will play traditional Brazilian music, along with their Capoeiro Dancers.
  • 14.15: Annette's Dance Academy will provide a demonstration of their dance skills - the academy provides classes in Ballet to Jazz.
  • 14.40: The exciting Hèlèlè afro jazz band is led by Alphonse Daudet Touna who plays the balafon through a mix of rhythms from Assiko to Bolobo. Alphonse will also be running a series of drum workshops throughout the Festival.
  • 15.20: Ballet Bristol provides a series of different Ballet performances.
    Sian the leader of the group will also provide a series of Ballet workshops for the children in the Jubilee Centre.
  • 15.45: A trip back in time with the Echoes a fantastic 60's band providing memorable covers including Beatles and Stones classics.
  • 16.40: The award winning Fahrenheit Dancers will be performing Street Dancing and a number of the teams on display will be going on to National championships around the UK.
  • 17.05: The superb party band Tundra will play a wide range of music from Elton John to the Kaiser Chiefs.
  • 17.55: Anna Chandler's Egyptian Dancers provide the next dance session with Belly Dancing and Arabic dance.
  • 18.20: Talented local band Area 51, winners of the local Battle of the Bands provide a Nirvana, grunge, style of music.
  • 19.20: The charismatic party and dance band Uncle Buck complete the music session.

Within the Children' zone on Jubilee Green will be a series of performances by the Academy of Historical Swordsman starting at 13.30, with Taekwon-do at 14.45 and the Bollywood Dancers at 15.30. The Local Schools football tournament for U7s, sponsored by McDonalds, is being staged on the top football pitch and there will be a series of inflatable and football games area available for all children to enjoy. Meet '66 World Cup Star Sir Geoff Hurst later on in the afternoon.

Sunday 14th June

6-a-side Cricket Tournament at Bradley Stoke Cricket Club, Bailey's Court Road.
Various local teams will be taking part in the tournament which will run from 13.00 - 17.00 with the club providing a BBQ and open bar throughout the afternoon and fun entertainment into the evening.

Other events include;

  • Open air Church service at 11.00
  • Family picnic from 12.00
  • Children's zone with penalty shoot out, bouncy castle and other entertainments
  • Food and craft stalls
  • Bristol & Kingswood Brass band playing throughout the afternoon
  • BBQ
  • Open bar
  • Pool & Darts competition
  • Karaoke competition in the clubhouse
  • Awards & prize ceremony.