Umbrella Fair returns to Northampton park this weekend

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More than 100 acts will descend on The Racecourse in Northampton this month for the return of the Umbrella Fair Festival.

The event combines music, art, dance, environmental awareness, poetry and theatre.

Performances will take place at 10 stages across the park. The Umbrella Fair Festival aims to bring the Northampton community together to celebrate the diversity and the wealth of talent within the town.

The program of events for this year’s festival has been designed to appeal to all ages and all tastes.

It will include a dedicated area for children and families, a youth stage featuring performances for a younger age group, a bicycle-powered open mic stage, a history tent and a horticultural area.

Musically, the festival strives to provide an eclectic range of performers and genres including folk, classical, jazz, reggae, psychedelia and rock.

The Mela stage will feature acts from Serbian, Jamaican, Afghan, African and Indian communities. Amid the music and dance will be a spoken word tent featuring the best of Northampton’s poets, a healing area and environmental area.

The festival runs on Saturday, August 17 and Sunday, August 18.

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