BUDDING artists are being encouraged to get involved in this year’s Rhythms of the World festival.

Festival organisers are appealing for local artists to enter a competition which will see winners create their piece during the festival weekend.

The project, Artists in Residence, will feature artwork which must focus on an aspect of the festival. It may be purchased by Rhythms of the World at the end of the festival and placed in its art archive.

“The festival is a fantastic opportunity to be inspired and to showcase your work as an artist,” said project coordinator, Rosie Rigg.

“It is visited by over 30,000 people over the weekend, so think of it as an exhibition of your work, in the open air.”

The festival will be held in Hitchin Priory grounds on July 14 and 15.

Artists will be provided with a covered space to work in, with festival goers encouraged to watch and talk to the artists.

Successful applicants will receive a free weekend pass, cost of materials and meals throughout the event

“Rhythms of the World was created to celebrate artists and performers of all types, so we welcome proposals from any discipline and creative arts background,” added Rosie.

There are four places up for grabs. For further details, and to submit a proposal, visit www.rotw.org.uk The deadline for applications is Tuesday, May 8.

• A RotW quiz fundraiser is being held at Hitchin Town Hall from 7pm onwards on April 20. Tickets cost �10 and include a fish and chip or vegetarian supper. Visit www.rotw.org.uk for tickets.