Festival programme 2020

Welcome to the 2020 Royston Arts Festival.

To listen to a short introduction by Carl Filby, Chair of Creative Royston, please click to start the video to the right.

The full festival programme is shown below and the links will take you to all the immediately available events and exhibitions at the time of viewing.  You will find details of all the MusicFest concerts brought together on that website and the concerts will appear there as scheduled. Further links will be added as the events become active and will then remain available so that you can view what you have missed for the duration of the festival.

Most of the videos are located but not locatable on YouTube so the experience you have with adverts etc.. (hopefully minimal) will be determined by the type of YouTube account you have – though you don’t need one to view! Tip: Everything sounds and looks a whole lot better if you use the full screen and maybe attach a soundbar or amp & speakers, or use headphones!

Royston Arts Festival 2020 – Programme
Events Description & links (when available)
Friday 18th
– 7.00pm
Opening Night Festival Launch – see right to view.
Friday 18th
– 7.30pm
Opening Night Concert – Alison Balsom & The Balsom Ensemble.  See right to view.
Saturday 19th
– Midday
Cover Artwork Competition – unveiling of artwork map showing which children’s art went into ByLeigh’s original artwork. See all the artwork HERE.
Saturday 19th
– 2.00pm
Ebru Marbling Art workshop by Meiru Ludlow – live on Facebook and see descriptive video at right. 
Saturday 19th
– 2.30pm
Lloyd Crowley & Dan Thomas in a lockdown concert.
Saturday 19th
– 7.30pm
CADaret! An evening of poems, songs, monologues & readings performed by members of CADS (Corvus Amateur Dramatic Society) Click HERE to view.
Sunday 20th
– Midday
Winners of the Creative Writing Competition announced and stories available to read online. Click HERE to view.
Sunday 20th
– 2.00pm
Watercolour Painting workshop by Meiru Ludlow – live on Facebook and see descriptive video at right.
Sunday 20th
– 8.00pm
Royston MusicFest presents – Jeremy Harmer & The Ad Hoc Strings in Concert
Monday 21st
– 8.00pm
Royston MusicFest presents – Kaszak & Afifi supporting Tin Giants in Concert
Tuesday 22nd
– 5.00pm
‘Sing if you want to’ – an online singing session for would-be singers from Linda Bance. Click HERE for Zoom link.
Wednesday 23rd
– 7.30pm
Screenwriter Nick Warburton (Eastenders, Holby City) in online talk and Q&A hosted by CADS. Email cadssecretary@gmail.com for Zoom link and details.
Wednesday 23rd
– 8.00pm
Royston MusicFest presents – Katie Spencer and Lizzy Hardingham in Concert.
Thursday 24th
– 8.00pm
Arts Quiz hosted by Carl Filby. FREE entry with prizes. Click HERE for details including how to get the Zoom link. SORRY! CANCELLED due to insufficient interest.
Friday 25th
– 8.00pm
Royston MusicFest presents – Chris Fox supporting Steve Winch & The Inception in Concert.
Saturday 26th
3.00-3.45pm &
4.00-5.00pm
Fun ‘Cats’ Dance workshops hosted by Lynsey Britton, Principal of The Britton School of Performing Arts for 7-10 year-olds & 11 plus.
Get Zoom Links HERE.
Saturday 26th
– 5.00pm
Royston Town Band live performance via Facebook.
Saturday 26th
– 7.30pm
Royston Picture Palace live screening of Max Richter’s Sleep (PG). CANCELLED but click HERE for other film details & tickets this weekend.
Saturday 26th
– 8.00pm
Royston MusicFest presents – Black Scarr supporting Schrödinger’s Strings in Concert.
Sunday 27th
– 2.00pm
Chinese Cooking workshop by Meiru Ludlow – live on Facebook Get ingredient list HERE.
Sunday 27th
– 7.30pm
Finale Concert featuring Soprano Hannah Long & Friends; pianist Madalina Rusu; The Britton School of Performing Arts; Bands from Royston’s German & Spanish Twin Towns, & Royston Town Band. Download programme HERE. Click HERE to view.
Exhibitions /competitions/ephemera (Links in left hand column below)
Royston Arts Society Autumn Exhibition View and purchase paintings from local and professional artists at the largest, most diverse art exhibition in Royston’s creative calendar.
Royston Photographic Society Exhibition Take a guided tour through a thought-provoking virtual exhibition from escapist travel locations to colourful landscapes to clever photographic effects.
Royston Tapestry Watch a 5-minute film showing the entire 24 metres of the Royston Tapestry online for the first time ever and then read more about the 30-year project.
Royston Museum The Museum has put together an online exhibition of works by Eve, a talented young local artist, studying at Bassingbourn Village College.
Royston Picture Palace As well as the live screening on the 26th (see above)  the Picture Palace are offering a film you can stream online and by doing so support our cinema, plus they have curated some films you can watch and discuss as part of the festival.
Cover Artwork Competition View all the entries to become part of ByLeigh’s original artwork and then view the map showing which did on Saturday 19th (see Events above)
Book reviews Royston Library staff and some well-known Royston residents have reviewed around 30 books which have some significance for them or they have just enjoyed reading.
Poetry – Poets in their own words Poets Roger McGough and Ian McMillan have each written a poem for the festival. Listen to and read their poems and explore poetry in a bit more depth by clicking the link to the left.
Two short films of the 2013 & 2016 Royston Arts Festival. Involved in the arts in Royston and feeling nostalgic? Spot yourself or your children in these strolls down memory lane. Click the years to the left to watch the films.
Royston Cave Tour Have fun with the newly available 3D virtual tour of this mysterious and historic Royston landmark. Menu top right and click on 3D at bottom right to start tour.  FREE until the end of September.
Stage Right Dance School A delightful and sometimes spectacular selection of performances over the years, approximately 24 minutes in length from Stage Right.
Baroque Music If you enjoyed the concert by Alison Balsom and her Ensemble here she is talking about the Baroque Trumpet along with other musicians talking about their Baroque instruments.