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
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
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.
Chairman of FreeFest
of young people attended a film making master class and here is the short
film they produced