New arts festival for South Cambridgeshire

Matt Hill of Sawston Cinema
Matt Hill of Sawston Cinema

A new festival will see music, dance, theatre, poetry and comedy among the arts celebrated in villages throughout South Cambridgeshire.

The EMERGE Festival was launched at Comberton Sports and Arts last Friday (January 25) with a special preview event showcasing what lies ahead in the festival, including theatre by Ella Lyons and a new film by Matt Hill from Sawston Cinema.

The event kicks off on February 8 as the Custard Doughnut Comedy Festival arrives, with Dana Alexander performing in Comberton that day and Mark Rough on stage in Cottenham on February 22.

John Mann will be performing the final of that trio of events on March 1 at Sawston Village College.

Tickets cost £10 – call 01223 712825 for bookings.

A trio of storytelling events will conclude in Hildersham.

A Fistful of Stories is a new show bringing a mix of stories from different teller, countries and culture.

Presented by Cambridge Storytellers, it will be on at Arrington Village Hall on February 2, at Cottenham Royal British Legion Hall on February 23 and finally at Hildersham Village Hall on March 16.

Tickets cost £5 – call 01954 718517 or e-mail for bookings.

Musicals will be on display at both Sawston and Linton as part of the extravaganza.

Sawston Youth Drama take on the South Pacific from February 6 to 9 while Sleeping Beauty will be performed at Swavesey Village College on February 8 and 9.

From March 20 to 22 there is a choice of Guys and Dolls at Linton Village College, Beauty and the Beast by the Bourn Players or Les Miserables at Swavesey.

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Local arts development manager Amy Wormald said: “The Festival is about celebrating the vibrant arts scene in South Cambridgeshire.

“At a time when we’re facing funding cuts from South Cambridgeshire District Council, it is great to see so many community groups, residents and organisations working together to make things happen for local people.”

There is also a wide plethora of other community events and professional events and performances throughout the district both this month and next.

The new writing showcase takes place on March 21 at The Six Bell in Fulbourn,

For details, call Bryony Graham on 07770 643165 or e-mail

South Cambridgeshire poet Hollie McNish is launching the second Cambridgeshire Young Persons Slam Poetry Competition for 13 to 25 year olds.

She will be at Comberton on March 27.

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