Culture shock as KettFest hits Kettering

Artist models Frankie O'Dowd, Becky Peace and Michelle Bustin
Artist models Frankie O'Dowd, Becky Peace and Michelle Bustin
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Culture came to Kettering in all shapes and sizes at the weekend for the town’s first arts festival.

One of the co-founders of KettFest, Chris Lynch, said: “I’m really enthused about the reaction the Kettering community gave us this weekend for the inaugural KettFest festival.

A singer in Kino Lounge

A singer in Kino Lounge

“Facebook has been awash with positive comments and people wanting to get involved with next year’s festival, which is the best form of commendation that we organisers can get from the public.

“The live music event I managed at Kino Lounge helped to draw a good footfall to the heritage quarter and was assisted with many other events from African drummers to fire artists.

“The first meeting for KettFest took place in May 2014 and the past year has seen many lessons learned in terms of organising and also the wide variety of activities that are on offer locally which many don’t have awareness of.

“My theatre company (C&D Productions) has already seen a spike in interest since the weekend and I know other groups involved have experience this too, which can only help bring our community together.

Walking through the town I witnessed an energy and excitement which I haven’t witnessed since I was a child.

KettFest co-founder Chris Lynch

“Our town has so much to offer in terms of talent and activity, so hopefully the weekend can be a spark in igniting interest in holding similar events more regularly throughout the year.

“It was great seeing areas such as The Yards come to life with the Kettering & District Photographic Society holding an exhibition and Cllr Michael Brown running an electronica arena.

“Walking through the town I witnessed an energy and excitement which I haven’t witnessed since I was a child, and having been born and bred here, it made me proud of the town and the people who live here.

“Let’s keep the energy levels going and support other events over the coming months such as the carnival.

The Dance Stage in The Yards

The Dance Stage in The Yards

“Anyone wanting to get involved with next year can get in touch with us on Facebook or contact myself (chris@cd-productions.co.uk) or one of the other organisers directly.”

The burlesque performers

The burlesque performers

Drama in the Market Square with Picture The Difference, a new arts group working with young adults with additional needs

Drama in the Market Square with Picture The Difference, a new arts group working with young adults with additional needs

Anderson School of Dance flash mob in town centre

Anderson School of Dance flash mob in town centre

Graf Art at The Yards

Graf Art at The Yards

Yarnbombing at the corner of Market St and High St

Yarnbombing at the corner of Market St and High St

Drumming workshop in Market Square

Drumming workshop in Market Square

Kettering and district photographic society exhibition

Kettering and district photographic society exhibition

Thee Telepaths perform at the Prince of Wales

Thee Telepaths perform at the Prince of Wales