Letchworth Festival to launch today

Letchworth Festival ends this weekend

Letchworth Festival ends this weekend - Credit: Archant

LETCHWORTH Festival gets under way today (Friday), bringing a packed programme of 100 activities to the town for the next two weeks.

The programme – under the theme of Celebrating Letchworth Life – has something of interest for people of all ages and interests including arts, crafts, music, dance and drama.

This Saturday, the town centre partnership’s Streetfest will take over the town with more than 50 acts performing including Letchworth GC band Blond Louis who missed out on a semi-final place in ITV’s Britain’s Got Talent.

Next weekend features an art and craft market plus activities in The Wynd and The Arcade, and the final weekend includes a Day of Dance on Saturday, June 22, and Proms in the Park on Sunday, June 23.

All these events will feature bands and groups from local schools, clubs and organisations.

Roger Harrison, of the Letchworth Festival Steering Committee, said: “Once again the Letchworth Festival reflects the huge range of activities that take place in our town.

“The committee is very grateful for the enthusiasm, skill and talent of the people who are taking part and we are sure that this will be another great festival for the town to enjoy.”

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A programme of films are among this year’s highlights, including a digitally remastered version of the David Lean epic Lawrence of Arabia, which will be shown in ultra-high definition on the Broadway Cinema’s big screen.

There are also walks with the Letchworth Natural History Society and activities celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Howard Garden Social Centre.

Full details are in the programme which is available at the Tourist Information Centre, David’s Bookshop or online at www.letchworthfestival.org