KAF’s call for your tattoo stories

Posted on:Jul 1, 2015

The Art Of Tattoo 1 By Mandie Barber For Web

Do you have a tattoo? Is there a story behind it? If so Kidderminster Arts Festival (KAF) would love to hear from you.

Transformation is the theme of this year’s KAF festival which is taking place between Saturday 8 August and Sunday 23 August 2015. A new pilot event, ‘The Art of Tattoo’ will be exploring personal transformation. It is taking place on Saturday 22 August 2015 between 10.30am and 8pm at Kidderminster Town Hall and will feature around 15 tattoo artists from around the region. The event is for over 18s and there is a chance to add ink to your body. There will also be entertainment throughout the day including a belly dancer and a knife thrower. Details of the tattoo artists appearing will be on the KAF website www.kidderminsterartsfestival.org.uk. You will also be able to book a session on the website. Any artists who make art relating to the theme can apply to sell their merchandise at the event. Proposals with images of work should be sent to loz.samuels@wyreforestdc.gov.uk

Loz Samuels is Arts and Play Development Officer at Wyre Forest District Council and is organising the festival. She said:

“I’m really excited about the Art of Tattoo event, we did a tattoo project in 2008 which was really successful. We photographed tattoos and collected the stories behind them. It was great to hear people of all ages talking about their tattoos. We are going to build on this project and display the images we collected last time. If you were involved or have a story about your tattoos please come along.”

KAF is for all the family and on Saturday 22 August there will be plenty of opportunities for children to join in the fun. There are free street performances from BeingFrank. This is a physical theatre company which is bringing a new dance piece to the town centre streets. It is called Mischievous Men and will reflect the work which is happening in the town. So if you notice some of the builders behaving a little strangely that day, it will be them!

Also providing free live entertainment on Saturday 22 August is international street performer Charlie O’Tanney. Charlie takes on the role of a Brooklyn Healer offering ‘remedies’. He may not be able to cure you but he will give you a laugh or two!

Sally Chambers, Wyre Forest District Council’s Cabinet Member for Health, well-being and housing said:

“The variety of acts, events and workshops is huge at KAF this year. We really can say there is something for everyone between Saturday 8 August and Sunday 23 August 2015. The street entertainment is first class and it’s free, so there is no excuse not to pop along and join in the fun.”

The entertainment goes on into the evening too with a Drive in Cinema in New Road Car Park. There are screenings on Friday 21 August (Annie Hall and The Big Lebowski) and Saturday 22 August (Films to be confirmed.)

Also taking place over the weekend is Worcester Street Fringe Festival. It will be in full swing with bands, market stalls and Above Boards bringing hugely talented street artists from around the country to paint doors and hoardings around the town.

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