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Acomb's Biggest Ever Festival

Acomb Office

6:01am 20th July 2013

Acomb Dance, Arts and Music (ADAM) Festival is on today (Saturday 20th July) with acts from across the city joining Acomb based artists in a day of arts and entertainment.

Front Street, Acomb will host street performers, bands, comedians, dancers, poets and theatre companies and a whole host of opportunities to experience something new.

People are invited to come and listen to the ADAM Community Choir sing in the Parish Hall or head inside the Explore Library to hear a storyteller weave tales of adventure for all the family.

Bands will entertain outside the Gateway Centre and artists will surprise, with their work inside the many shops. With so many venues involved and many outdoor spaces, Front Street will be overflowing with art aimed at gathering artists, inspiring residents, creating opportunity and encouraging participation and all it’s all for free, say the organisers of the ADAM Festival.

Rev. Ned Lunn, assistant curate of St. Stephen’s and St. Aidan’s Church, and Keith Myers from Friends of Acomb Green, who are behind this large event, are keen for as many people to try new things and explore their potential for no charge.

“ADAM Festival is going to be a day where you can see a different side of Acomb; a new vision for this place. You’ll see it bubbling with life, activity, music and beauty. Now is the time to see Acomb’s potential and begin to work towards a bright new future for this area.”

"Acomb has often been overlooked and forgotten about but over the next year York can expect to see a real regeneration which will bring new hope to the residents, traders and visitors. It will be a place of exciting experiences as we host live music and comedy events and encourage new independent businesses to start up in the empty shops. Alongside the long term growth, Acomb will encourage short term, temporary art installations, performances, which will delight and surprise all audiences and develop Front Street as a place of encounter and experiences.

"ADAM is not just about creating new chances to experience art and beauty but also encouraging and supporting the projects and groups that already perform and offer opportunity for others to participate. The churches in Acomb and Friends of Acomb Green, in partnership with Acomb Alive! have gathered as many Acomb based groups to perform alongside those from elsewhere.

“Front Street will be full, not just with performances, but with interactive activities in as many different things as possible! ADAM is about showing what Acomb can be not just for this one day but from now on.”

The ADAM Festival will begin with a launch event at 9.50am in the Parish Hall and performers starting at 10am in all the venues. It's the biggest event Acomb has ever seen.

For a full list of performers and to see the programme, visit www.adamfestival.com for more information.

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