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Festival’s ‘freebies’ designed to be relaxed lunch events

With everything from classic music to comedy on offer it might be hard to decide which Bermuda Festival of the Performing Arts act you want to see this year.

People have a chance to sample next week, when free performances will be offered at City Hall.

Karen Pollard, the artistic director of the festival, said the “freebies” would include a series of ten free talks and performances by locals and some of the performers in the Bermuda Festival.

They are geared to be relaxed lunchtime events that will last about half an hour, beginning at 12.15pm.

“Most of our freebies will take place on a newly-created stage in the Festival Impressions exhibit,” Ms Pollard said.

Festival Chairman Ian Davidson said the organisation was “particularly pleased to offer this free series” as a means of furthering the festival’s reach.

The ‘Festival Freebies’ are as follows:

Monday: Artist Kendra Earls will discuss how she created a mosaic as part of the Bermuda Festival’s 2013 branding campaign. She will describe the process of the project and the importance of public art and how mosaics can be incorporated into Bermuda’s architecture.

Saturday, February 2: Mosaic classes for young people at 10am and 11.45am; participants must preregister online or at BSoA. There will also be special activities for children and a performance by the Hand Bell Choir of Somerset Primary School at 11am.

Tuesday, February 5: Local writers will read from some of their favourite works on Bermuda and its people.

Thursday, February 7: Joe Cashore, who has been designing and performing his remarkable marionettes for over 30 years, will talk about their construction and manipulation.

Tuesday, February 12: Palestinian concert pianist Bishara Haroni and Israeli pianist Yaron Kohlberg discuss their shared belief that music-making can transcend political and national differences.

Thursday, February 14: Nancy Smith (flute) and Steve Crawford (guitar) perform.

Tuesday, February 19: The saxophone quartet and string ensemble of Saltus Grammar School present a mixed programme.

Wednesday, February 20: A combined choir of 300 school students will sing on the steps of City Hall under the direction of Voces8.

Thursday, February 28: Musicians from Warwick Academy present a varied programme of music.

For more information visit www.bermudafestival.org.

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Published January 22, 2013 at 8:38 am (Updated January 22, 2013 at 8:37 am)

Festival’s ‘freebies’ designed to be relaxed lunch events

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