Line-up revealed for festival

The Holt Festival is returning this summer with another packed programme of outstanding entertainment.

As ever there will be an eclectic mix of the performing arts, from classical to world music, poetry, talks and comedy.

There will also be a very special art exhibition featuring John Craxton and Pablo Picasso, and including works by Lucian Freud and Alberto Giacometti, among others.

There will also be the annual Sir John Hurt and Sworders art prizes, with the addition of the new Charlotte Fraser ceramics prize.

Highlights this year include the effervescent bestselling author Marian Keyes talking about her latest book, Again, Rachel. Paul Martin, antiques expert and teatime TV favourite from Antiques Road Trip and Flog It!, tells us about his passion for beautiful furniture, and writer, poet and national treasure Lemn Sissay will be reading from his Sunday Times bestselling memoir, My Name Is Why. And lovers of world music will be blown away by the infectious enthusiasm and joy of Guinean master musician N’famady Kouyaté and his full band line-up on the last night.

Marian Keyes

Anwen Hurt, artistic director of the festival, said: “We are very excited by the way the programme has come together and very much looking forward to welcoming everyone to a scintillating Holt Festival 22.”

All events take place at venues in the heart of town from Saturday, July 23, to Saturday, July 30. For more information and to book tickets online, go to www.holtfestival.org

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