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Nourish kicks off season of high calibre outdoor arts and festivals in the South West

  • Date: 28 August 2014
  • Area: South West
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Craft by Yuli Somme.

A new annual festival celebrating the very best in regional food, craft and music will launch in Bovey Tracey this September, supported by an award of £7,490 from our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme.

The Nourish Festival (5-6 Sept) is designed to feed the body, the mind and the senses by showcasing a sample of top quality craft makers, producers and musicians.   Led by The Contemporary Craft Festival, National portfolio organisation The Devon Guild of Craftsmen and award-winning artisan cheese specialists The Cheese Shed, it is expected to bring a new flavour to the local community.

Festival organiser Sarah James said: 'Bovey Tracey is an amazing town.  For such a small place, it has a wealth of opportunities for local people and visitors to enjoy craft and cultural events.  All this activity has a positive impact on the local economy so there are huge benefits for the local community.  With Nourish, we're bringing together food, craft and music so that there's something for everyone to enjoy.  This is our first year, but we already have big plans for a successful annual event.'

The Nourish Food Fair will fill Bovey Tracey's high street with freshly prepared street food and tempting produce.  Ashburton Cookery School will present an inspirational Cookery Theatre featuring some of Devon's finest chefs and The Great Bovey Bake Off and Junior Bovey Bake Off will get people throughout the community reaching for their mixing bowls.

The Nourish Craft Fair will feature top quality makers from the South West, complemented by special events at the Devon Guild of Craftsmen's Riverside Mill.

The musical programme features the highly respected Devon Baroque orchestra performing Bach, Vivaldi, Handel and Corelli, exciting young percussion duo Malleticious and the internationally acclaimed Brodsky Quartet.

The Food and Craft Fairs are free to visitors; concerts are ticketed and full details can be found on the Nourish Festival website

Nourish is the first event in a month of exciting, eclectic and high quality festivals across the south west, often featuring outstanding outdoor arts experiences.   Many of them are supported by Arts Council England through our National portfolio and Grants for the arts scheme.

This September festivals supported through Grants for the arts include:

  • The inaugural Winchester Poetry Festival (12-14 Sept), commemorating the centenary of the First World War and celebrating Hampshire's contribution to our national literary heritage.
  • The second Stroud Theatre Festival (12-14 Sept), featuring over 40 diverse shows ranging from children's theatre and lively comedies to classics and cutting edge drama in venues throughout the town.
  • Bristol Biennial 2014: Crossing The Line (12-21 Sept), an artist-led festival of visual art that showcases emerging artists and projects that encourage public interaction.
  • It's All About The River Film Festival (12 Sept - 12 Oct), celebrating the heritage and culture of the historic River Tamar. The festival is premiering new works by award-winning artists, featuring rarely-seen archive film, classic Hollywood cinema and a fun children's programme, all connecting local and international communities with the river.
  • The International Agatha Christie Festival (14-21 Sept), transforming the English Riviera into the murder mystery capital of the country. The festival is a fabulous occasion for fans of the incomparable Queen of Crime to congregate and celebrate her life and times by immersing themselves in her world.
  • Encounters Short Film Festival (16-21 Sept), celebrating two decades of screenings, international competition, industry forums and events with 20/20: Looking back to look forward.
  • Looe Music Festival (19-21 Sept), featuring 90 bands on 5 stages over 3 days. Headliners include Squeeze, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Brand New Heavies, Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls. Our investment supports free entertainment at one venue so everyone in the local community can be part of the event.
  • Somerset Art Weeks Open Studios 2014, a chance to discover the variety and quality of contemporary visual art, focusing on individual artists in their working environment. Over 200 venues to explore.
  • Inland Art Festival (25-28 Sept), a contemporary art festival that will animate the town of Redruth through screenings, performances and interactive installations in unusual locations.
  • Bournemouth Arts by the Sea Festival (26 Sept - 12 Oct), an artist-led multi-media festival that brings together a creative mix of award-winning performance, film, music, visual arts, walks and talks in some of the town's best places and spaces.
  • Westbury Music & Arts Festival (26-30 Sept), passionate about showcasing the music, arts and crafts of Wiltshire with a special emphasis on Westbury talent.

Phil Gibby, Area Director, South West, Arts Council England, said: 'Our National Lottery funded Grants for the arts scheme is all about supporting a range of arts projects and getting great art to wider audiences.  We're really delighted that the events we've invested in that are happening this September mean people in every county of the south west have a festival happening near them. 

'It's a great time to discover and enjoy new arts experiences across every artform right in your own neighbourhood.'

The Nourish Festival takes place in Bovey Tracey on 5/6 September 2014.  For more information go to

You can find out more information about Grants for the arts and the projects we support at: