Diverse Lindfield Arts Festival has a literary flavour this year

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The programme for the 2016 Lindfield Arts Festival is taking shape and organisers believe this year’s event will be the biggest and best yet.

The weekend-long arts festival runs from September 16-19, offering a diverse range of activities, workshops and performances.

Highlights for this year already include: Circus Brighton, Tom Goulden’s Can Control graffiti, Mid Sussex Sinfonia, Lucy Ellie and the Hophead Band, an arts and crafts fayre and a classic cars show.

Two new faces have joined the festival committee, Deepali Deshpande and Victoria Dilly, who are working hard to make sure the 2016 festival is successful.

Victoria is known for setting up The Book Activist (www.thebookactivist.com), a new venture that supports and encourages reading through schools, the local community and at home.

She is focusing on children and is using her literary contacts to give this year’s programme a strong literary flavour.

Victoria said: “I am delighted to be working with the wonderful Arts Festival Committee and am very excited about the prospects of bringing authors, creative writing and storytelling to the High Street.”

This year’s literary line-up includes award-winning Young Adult author Eve Ainsworth (www. eveainsworth.com) who will talk about her writing experiences.

Inkpots (www.inkpots.org), a Burgess Hill based group for young people who love reading, writing and drawing, will be running creative writing workshops.

Mr Dilly’s World of Wonder aims to bring tales to life through interactive storytelling, while independent bookshop The Book Nook (www.booknookuk.com) is set to run a pop-up shop during the weekend.

Lindfield has hosted its annual Arts Festival since 2010, which has helped the village become a creative hub in Mid Sussex.

Over the past few years the event has attracted thousands of visitors from far and wide to celebrate art in all its forms.

To find out more about the festival, and to view the growing programme, visit www.lindfieldartsfestival.com. Get in touch at via enquiries@lindfieldartsfestival.com.

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