GALLERY: Rhythms of the World events 2013

The family fun day in Hitchin Market Place. Pic: Josh Jacklin

The family fun day in Hitchin Market Place. Pic: Josh Jacklin - Credit: Archant

THE spirit of Rhythms of the World was well and truly alive, with droves of people turning out at the weekend for a series of events put on by organisers.

Fort Hope at Club 85. Pic: Josh Jacklin

Fort Hope at Club 85. Pic: Josh Jacklin - Credit: Archant

The Hitchin world musical festival had to be cancelled this year, but trustees and volunteers were determined to keep it in the public eye.

That’s why a series of events were put on across the town at the weekend, which had been earmarked for the festival itself.

Club 85, The Victoria and St Mary’s Church hosted music gigs and concerts, while Hitchin Market Place was the scene of a family fun day and performances on Sunday.

As well as performances from festival favourites, young local music and dance groups showed off their talent on the Icehouse Stage equivalent.

Chairman of trustees for ROTW, Amy Gibson, said: “We’re delighted so many people have shown their support despite there being no festival this year.

“This series of events are part of our Rhythms of the World Presents and Rhythms of the World Community Outreach programmes which aim to bring an essence of the festival to the local community.

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“With the hundreds of people who have attended our events this weekend, it’s clear we’ve met our charitable aim. We’re working hard to secure a festival venue for next year, but wanted to keep the Rhythms of the World spirit alive in the meantime.”

“Thanks to everyone who has come along to show their support.”

To view a gallery of pictures, click on the link in the top right-hand corner. Thanks to Josh Jacklin at Twit Twoo photography for the shots.