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Festival will be biggest

This year's Solihull Festival looks to be the biggest yet with a nine-day programme of events

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This year's Solihull Festival looks to be the biggest yet with a nine-day programme of events.

With less than a month to go before the events begins, the Solihull News spoke with chairman Peter Lloyd about what's coming up.

"We've tried to get young people involved more," Peter explained. "We've got at least 120 school children from St. Peter's School taking part and Arden School Ardenaires will also be performing.

"And it's not just the south of the borough that is taking part, we've got a lot going on in the north as well. There will be performances by Smith's Wood Sports College and the City Technology College in Kingshurst."

While young blood is very much a theme of this festival there will also be performances by the old favourites. As well as local drama groups, dance schools and musical societies, a number of well known personalities will be making an appearance.

Solihull Arts Complex is set to welcome Martin Bell - well known as a BBC war correspondent and news presenter. He will be talking to audiences about his career as well as answering questions.

But Peter is keen to emphasise that it's not all about the big names and the lifeblood of the festival remains the local groups who perform at venues around the borough.

"We want people to come out to the Dovehouse Theatre and other places to see the groups perform. Solihull has so many talented amateur groups and this is a fantastic opportunity for them to get noticed."

Organisers are hoping that the programme of events will raise around £30,000 - which will be divided between over 20 local charities.

Peter also had nothing but praise for the businesses who have once again come forward to support the festival - in spite of the infamous credit crunch.

Solihull Festival will take place between September 20-28. Brochures are available from Solihull Arts Complex and more details can be found at



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