St Ives September Festival
Formerly the preserve of coach loads of OAP’s who would get turfed out in the coach park and descend on the town, all hungry for lunchtime fish, chips and a cup of tea, September has discovered an altogether funkier more musical clientele who spend time pondering the morning away over coffee and carrot cake while choosing which of the daily poetry readings, walks and art shows to go to before they get swallowed up by the night only to be spat out the following morning ready to repeat the cycle of cultural enlightenment.
From an idea formulated in a small kitchen in Teetotal Street 35 years ago, the September Festival has had a slow but steady evolution into the folk music, dance, fine arts, chamber music, poetry, arts & crafts and theatre extravaganza which we now enjoy for 2 weeks every year.
A truly eclectic mix of sights and sounds spread across the whole town and often using the process of getting across town as part of the experience! This year there are over 20 venues (venue Map) in the Festival calendar, where you can get involved in anything from life drawing classes at the St Ives School of Painting to a Male Voice Choir Concert in the Parish Church.
The Guildhall is still the largest venue taking part is the festival playing host to musical acts such as the South, Fisherman’s Friend and Hawkwind. Comedy gets a look in here too with The Kernow King bringing his own brand of Dutchy humour.
This year to mark the centenary of WW1 there is also a series of events commemorating its effect on the town and the community. Particularly the art produced during and after the conflicts by the locals directly affected.
While many of the events are free and only require that you turn up and are appropriately prepared for the occasion particularly the outdoor events, those that aren’t cost anything from £2 to £25 a ticket, the usual concessions for children and OAP’s apply. The more popular events will get booked up very quickly, but many will have tickets available on the door.
www.crbo.co.uk/events.php?evGrp=195 – Box Office