Bigger, bolder festival of art

With the New Mills Festival set to be bigger and bolder than ever before, organisers are issuing an appeal for volunteers to help.

For two weeks from September 14 to 30, the town will play host to a feast of gigs, gatherings, walks, talks and exhibitions, with the now famous lantern procession its grand finale on September 29.

The residents of New Mills think they know what to expect at this time of year as many of their old favourites return annually.

But in 2012 there are a few surprises and you never quite know what will be around the corner, in your favourite pub, outside it, or even under the town.

The festival is run by an entirely voluntary group and their enthusiasm is infectious, according to one new recruit.

“This is my first festival working with the organising group,” said Maureen Jordan, “and I’m so impressed by what they have achieved.

“There are always plenty of ideas and suggestions, but what really counts in a community festival are the do-ers.”

Live in and around New Mills and want to get involved? There are lots of ways you can help in the run-up to, and during the festival.

Are you interested in helping to build and install a sculpture? Or helping out on the Arts Trail? Or at the lantern-making workshops? Or on the film night?

They need volunteers for everything from pouring tea to taking tickets on the door, to showing people to their seats or helping with the lantern procession – just about anything that helps to ensure the smooth running of the festival.

To register your interest contact organisers at or text 07753842861 and they’ll get right back to you.

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