Three day arts and music festival gets under way in Doncaster

DN Weekend
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Doncaster town centre is set to turn into a hive of creative activity from today when the Right Up Our Street team take over.

The second DNweekeND will be a cram packed with cultural events and activities with surprises around every corner.

From the Frenchgate Centre to the Waterdale Centre and Nigel Gresley Square, Market Place to the Mansion House and many places in between Doncaster town centre will be buzzing with creative activity.

This festival of arts will take over public spaces, arts venues, shop units and shopping centres – indoors and outdoors – for one weekend only.

Andrew Loretto, creative producer for Right Up Our Street, said: “In 2014 more than 8,000 people from across the borough joined in withDNweekeND and this year we have some of Doncaster’s best local artists and groups plus national and international acts bringing their work to our town.

“This cultural explosion will light up the streets, inside and outside, for three days showcasing an eclectic mix of music, theatre, dance, installations, art, poetry, circus and spectacle.

“Empty and unused shop units will be transformed into quirky spaces and this year we are working with existing Doncaster businesses to bringsomething extra special to the weekend - from cosy one-person performances in a cafe to yarn-bombing market stalls and dancing in pubs!”

Historic Doncaster spaces will also be transformed into performance venues, the Mansion House will be opening its doors to performances of new writing from playwright Richard Hurford who has been working with local writers to create responses to the town centre and theMarketplace will be host to No Fit State who will be kicking off their international tour right here in Doncaster with their quirky and vibrant street circus show Open House.

The Doncaster Big Sing will bring together singers from across the borough to preview a brand new composition inspired by the history and future of Doncaster.

“In total more than fifty acts will be transforming the town with everything from intimate one-to-one performances to large scale theatrical performances, from walkabout interactive street performance, to chilled-out hammocks by the world music stage, the DNweekeND promises aweekend to remember here in our home town.

“We do hope that people from across our town will come along and take part in this fantastic free event for all the family and show just how creative Doncaster can be,” added Andrew.

To find out more visit www.rightupourstreet.org.uk