More than 50 acts to take
part in weekend arts festival

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The centre of Doncaster is set to be transformed into a giant arts centre for a weekend of cultural events.

The second DNweekeND arts festival will run from Friday until Sunday, with organisers looking to fill the town centre with cultural events and activities.

Venues taking part include the Frenchgate Centre, the Waterdale Centre, Sir Nigel Gresley Square, Market Place and Mansion House.

This fesival of arts will also take over public spaces, arts venues, and vacant shop units .

Andrew Loretto, creative producer for Right Up Our Street, the organisation running the festival, said he was looking forward to the event.

Hesaid: “In 2014, more than 8,000 people from across the borough joined in with DNweekeND.

“T his 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 Doncaster businesses to bring something extra special to the weekend – from cosy one-person performances in a cafe to yarn-bombing market stalls and dancing in pubs.”

Historic Doncaster landmarks will also be transformed into performance venues to take part in the festival weekend.

The Mansion House will be opening its doors to performances of new writing from the playwright Richard Hurford who has been working with local writers to create responses to the town centre, which will be read.

Meanwhile, the borough’s Market Place will be host to a circus group, called No Fit State.

The circus group will be kicking off their international tour at the Doncaster site, with what the festival organisers describe as a quirky and vibrant street circus show, Open House.

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

Mr Loretto said: “In total, more than 50 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 a weekend to remember here in our home town.

“We hope 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.”

n Visit to find out more about the festival.