Supporting and inspiring culture in Torbay
September 2017 was an amazing month of culture for Torbay with two major arts events combining to bring exciting artists, performers and writers to the Bay. The Tale was an innovative arts trail running on three long weekends in September with performers and installations at Torquay Museum, Paignton Picture House, Berry Head quarry, Shoalstone Pool and Breakwater Beach. There was a new approach to the biennial International Agatha Christie Festival running over 5 days at Torre Abbey around the date of the writer’s birthday, the 15th of September.
These events were supported by an army of volunteers who together contributed nearly 1,500 hours of their time, ensuring the smooth running of the events by welcoming visitors, guiding them along trails and to venues and sharing the stories of Torbay’s rich cultural heritage.
Kate Farmery, Executive Director of the Torbay Culture Board, thanked all those that took part: ‘On behalf of Torbay Culture Board and the organisers …thank you for the fantastic contribution you made to the success of these milestone cultural events. We could not have delivered them without your support. Whenever I attended any element of either festival, audience members praised the friendliness and helpfulness of our culture hosts and it was brilliant to see you all welcoming, reassuring and guiding participants.’
The Tale staff and volunteers at the final event at Shoalstone.
At the time of writing there are a tantalizing 98 Torbay people signed up and willing to support Torbay’s culture. If you would like to join this group then you can sign up here…
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