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What’s On This Weekend: Fri 12 – Sun 14 May

FRI 12 - SUN 14 MAY

Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature, Sat 6 – Sat 13 May

Celebrating its 21st festival, this year Fowey Festival of Arts & Literature is welcoming bestselling author Michael Morpurgo; musician and composer Sir Karl Jenkins; former war correspondent and politician Martin Bell and OBE and BBC broadcasting veteran Robin Lustig to debut authors, book launches, panel discussions, workshops and concerts. There is also an array of du Maurier based talks and discussions and the UK premier screening of Daphne du Maurier: In the Footsteps of Rebecca. New for this year is Gardeners Question Time, with experts from the Duchy of Cornwall Nursery and Secret Gardens of Fowey, giving visitors a peek into some beautiful local gardens. There is also a festival Art Trail of local studios and galleries.

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Nicola Bealing: Bad Gardening Exhibition, Tremenheere Gallery, Sat 13 May – Sun 11 June

Cornwall-based painter and printmaker Nicola Bealing unveils a solo exhibition of recent paintings and monoprints this month at the new Tremenheere Gallery. Forms of plant life are often the basis of Bealing’s dark narrative paintings and Bad Gardening will allow various off-kilter studies of horticulture to take centre stage. Bealing’s work is exhibited widely and held in many private and public collections. The exhibition runs in the upper gallery at Tremenheere Gallery between Sat 13 May and Sun 11 June 2017. You can also still see Gillian Ayres’ With Space in Mind until Sun 14 May.

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Alternative Skills Fair, Mount Pleasant Eco Park, Porthtowan, Sat 13 May

This free, day-long event, organised by The Down to Earth Foundation, is all about inspiring us to live a more low-impact lifestyle. There will be stalls and practical demonstrations from local crafts and tradespeople, plus talks, hands-on workshops and practical guidance from experts, all aimed at teaching new sustainable skills that reduce our environmental footprint. The brilliant Mount Pleasant veggie cafe will be open all day serving a wide range of refreshments.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes, Sterts Theatre, Bodmin, Sat 13 May

The outdoor theatre season kicks off at Sterts this month with a performance of The Emperor’s New Clothes by renowned Cornish theatre company Illyria. The Emperor’s greatest joy is the monthly Grand Parade at which he wears his latest outfit. But when two swindlers offer him the ability to identify fools by making him clothes which only the wise can see, will he end up losing his crown jewels? All will be revealed in Illyria’s cheekiest ever show, recommended for children of 5+.

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Art Auction For Cornwall Hospice Care, The Exchange, Penzance, Sat 13 May

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An eclectic mix of works from some of Cornwall’s most notable artists will be auctioned for charity at The Exchange in Penzance on 13 May. More than 90 lots, including paintings, etchings, sculptures and ceramics, have been submitted by 58 artists from across the county to help raise funds for Cornwall Hospice Care. Sarah Newton, for Cornwall Hospice Care, said: “We are delighted that we have been given works by some of Cornwall’s most talented artists, including Nicola Bealing (whose ‘Cartwheels at Sennen’ is pictured above), Anthony Frost, Robert Jones, Tom Leaper, Neil Pinkett, Simeon Stafford, Tim Shaw RA, Michael Strang, and Paul Wadsworth. We hope this auction will raise thousands of pounds to help fund the specialist clinical care and support that we provide in Cornwall.” The £5 entry fee includes a printed catalogue, canapés by Archie Browns and a glass of bubbly.

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St Ives Food & Drink Festival, Sat 13 – Sun 14 May

Taking Place on beautiful Porthminster beach, this year promises even more culinary experts, attractions and a wide variety of local food and drink. There’s a great line-up of local and national chefs putting on demonstrations, including Nathan Outlaw, Jack Stein, Gizzi Erskine, Sophie Michell and Bens, Prior and Tunnicliffe! In the week leading up to the festival there will also be the annual Food Trail in St Ives, for visitors to enjoy discounts with various local traders and businesses.

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Trevithick, Starring Kernow King, Sun 14 May (Minack Theatre)

“Trevithick!” is the biographical comedy of Cornwall’s greatest son. It will light a fire in your bellies, bring joy to your heart and set your brain whirring like a four way valve on a steam engine. This is the true story of a man who was as much an artist and magician as he was an engineer. Born in Tregajorran in Cornwall, Richard Trevithick revolutionised the use of steam as a successful and profitable means of energy. It was Trevithick’s his and genius that led to steam power being put on rails and roads – the first trains and cars in 1800s Great Britain. “Trevithick!” is ‘bursting’ with music, comedy and facts and still relevant to the world we live in today. This production is directed by Kneehigh’s Associate Director Simon Harvey and stars Kernow King and actress Mary Woodvine.

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