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A review of FreeFest 2015 


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The second FreeFest happened in Hampstead Norreys between 29 and 31 May. After opening our static art exhibition with a range of very high quality local arts and crafts in the village hall at 2pm on the Friday, we held a private viewing for ticket holders for the evening entertainment, our new Radio Play, Hampstead Norreys Singles Club, a comedy with a cast of 14 members of the Hampstead Norreys Players.

A glass (or two) of wine helped the evening start the festival with a bang, and we continued the theme when we started Saturday morning with a drumming workshop in the White Hart Garden, where we had erected a full blown stage, dance floor and covered viewing area.

We managed to run a continuous MusicFest from 10am to Midnight, 14 hours of local and varied talent. Our range embraced salsa, singer songwriters, jazz, folk rock, heavy metal and a splendid String Quartet, something for everyone.

At the village hall Memorial Room we ran a range of masterclasses covering acting, origami, poetry, film-making cup, cake decorating, a life drawing class and some good old messy art for the children both in the hall and in the pub garden where they made a series of musical instruments. 


After a very late night on Saturday we slowed the pace on Sunday, opened the hall once more for a couple more masterclasses and welcomed more visitors to our static art before wrapping up at around 2pm for a frantic bout of clearing up. We launched the event on Radio Berkshire on Friday mornings Tony Blackburn Show and the publicity created gave us a wonderful turnout.

The success of the event is a tribute to the numerous members of our community who gave freely their time and talent and I would like to say a huge thank you to all those involved, and look forward to seeing you all again in 2017.

Andy Green
Chairman of FreeFest


A number of young people attended a film making master class and here is the short film they produced