World music at Northampton Umbrella Fair

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A festival based in Northamptonshire is calling for a variety of musicians and volunteers to complete its 2014 line-up of acts.

The Umbrella Fair community organisation will be holding its sixth free annual festival at The Racecourse in Northampton from August 16–17 and is looking for classical and world music performers.

In the lead up to the August event, the organisers will be holding monthly ‘mini festivals’ on the park’s Pavilion Tea Lawn.

The first will run from May 9–11 and will showcase music and theatre by local performers, as well as stalls and activities for all the family.

The Umbrella Fair’s performance co-ordinator, Mel Rogers, said the monthly weekends were designed to be “little slices of the main festival”.

Ms Rogers said: “Our first weekend on the Tea Lawn will be theatre and dance themed so all shows and workshops will be based around that.

“The cafe in the park will be open throughout and we will still be holding our usual open mic sessions as well.”

Umbrella Fair is a green, not-for-profit, community group that relies on the help of volunteers to carry out its social, artistic and environmentally-focussed projects.

Ms Rogers welcomes performers and volunteers all year round, especially in the run up to the summer festival.

The only requirement is that all performers must be from areas within Northamptonshire.

Ms Rogers said: “I think we are very unique in that sense. All the events we organise 
are by and for the people of 
the county.

“We already have lots of rock, folk and indie bands interested, but we would like to welcome some more performers of classical and world music so the shows demonstrate the diversity of cultural communities we have in Northampton.”

Both the main festival, which also takes place at The Racecourse, and the monthly weekends are free of charge and open to all ages.

Last year’s main summer event welcomed around 20,000 visitors.

Ms Rogers said: “It is somewhere between a music festival and a town-country show.

“We will have something for everyone, including a horticultural area and discussions, a theatre area and arts and crafts for children.”

To take part, visit or call Northampton 633912.