Festival aims to bring all town’s cultures together

FROM the traditional sounds of brass to a film about the changing face of Boston, there will be a wonderful collection of noises coming from the Assembly Rooms this weekend, as the venue plays host to a special event.

The Market Place premises will be the site for the launch of the Alchemy Project, a new community project aimed at breaking through the myths, misunderstandings and prejudices about Boston and its surrounding area.

From 11am until 2pm, people will be able to go along and enjoy diverse entertainment including streetdance, brass music, and a prize-winning choir. They will also have the chance to take part in taster workshop sessions and sample a buffet made up of some of the finest local produce. A three-course meal will also be created by local Master Chef finalist Eamonn Hunt, from Lincoln, which brings together British and Eastern European influences. Copies of the recipes will be available on the day.

It is an opportunity to learn more about the project, which has been created by county organisation JUST Lincolnshire, and how it will develop over the coming months.

David Lambert, of Cultural Solutions UK, which is running the arts side of the programme, said: “Everyone is welcome to come along on Saturday, whatever their age or nationality.

“We’ve got ideas about how we’d like The Alchemy Project to develop, but it’s important to hear the views of the community. We want to produce a programme that people will want to get involved in and Saturday is the perfect opportunity to find out more.”

One of the highlights of the day will be the premiere of a locally-made film which features foreign nationals and UK citizens giving their views on what it is like to live in the town.

There will also be a number of workshops taking place throughout the day.

At 11.45am, Lesley Stableford of Transition Media Arts will be offering people the chance to make and animate their own plasticine models or to interview people for a short film. At the same time Chris Konrath will be holding a creative writing workshop. At 12.30pm, people can take to the floor for a dance workshop.

For the less energetic, there will be entertainment to enjoy throughout the day, including Peterborough-based choir Cantus Polonicum and Docum, which will sing Russian and Lithuanian songs.