Welcome to KettFest!
This weekend celebrates the very best of Kettering in a festival of arts, culture, music and more – launching today (Fri) and running across four days; bringing colour, entertainment and diversity to the town in celebration of the Kettering community.
KettFest15 is a new venture, offering mainly free events at venues in and around the town and flyers promoting a long list of what’s on and where have been hand-delivered to schools, churches, businesses and residents over recent days. Details are also online, here.
During what is forecast as being a warmer and sunny weekend, visitors will be able to enjoy exhibitions, film shows, concerts, workshops and talks, craft displays, fashion shows, comedy acts, garden parties and magic shows . . . there’s even a ‘cake-off’ and a KettFest real ale by local brewery Potbelly!
Among the organisers is Jo Selby-Green, who said: “Kettfest is a local arts, culture and community festival supported and publicised by local people to spotlight all that is good in Kettering. We aim to make this weekend colourful as we can in many ways.
“The launch night is tonight, Friday, but most events are going on in the town centre tomorrow, Saturday 6th. Under the umbrella brand, KettFest, we bring you creative writing workshops, art and yarn bombing, KettFest beer, magic show, comedy, urban arts competition, KettFest sausage, art exhibitions, flash mob dancing, circus workshops, KettFest biscuit, theatre, live music, life drawing, busking, published author readings, DJs and outside sound system, opera, burlesque workshops, face painting, family building mural, fossil exhibition, yoga and meditation, sculpture trail, African drumming and the Teen Market.
“We are not events organisers, but rather we are encouraging local folk to promote themselves and the wonderful goings on that happen here in Kettering over the festival days.”
Covering culture and countryside, ale and food, history and art, the weekend was the brainchild of a small group of local people last summer, including Liz Kearns and Jo Selby-Green, and a subsequent committee of supporters. An open meeting to discuss ideas and options was held back in February and five people attended – since then the concept has snowballed and local people have got behind it via social media – the KettFest2015 Facebook group now has more than 1,600 members.
Via Facebook, Liz Kearns gave ‘a little history lesson on Kettfest2015’, saying: “Last year, I was perusing, contributing and enjoying the banter on various Facebook pages dedicated to the town of Kettering. As with many other towns, we have a lot good and a lot of not so good as well as some very bad stuff going on. But it was the bad stuff that always came to the front.
“I got a tad fed up with all the negatives and, in a moment of keyboard madness, suggested we did something about it – long story short, Kettering Festival was born.”
And as the festival gets underway, she added: “I am overwhelmed by what is going on in the town.”