Made In Worthing is success say organisers

 A  four-day festival which saw world premieres of new music, readings of new plays, new pieces of public art and artists and writers making new work has been hailed a success by organisers.

Made In Worthing presented a packed programme between 17th-20th September, which included a piece of experimental classical music composed in a day, and a world premiere of a composition by Howard Jones. There was a first public reading of a play called 'Talk' by Mark Wilson, a rehearsed reading for a new production of 'Leaves' by Lucy Caldwell, and a dozen poets wrote work for the festival. While exhibitions included new photography, assemblage and textile arts, there was also the unveiling of a sculpted tree at a children's nursery and a piece of temporary public art in the form of an 'inflationary sculpture' by artist Ivan Pope was installed on Worthing seafront.

The festival also included Pier Day, from which Made In Worthing gave away hundreds of postcards designed by artist Michelle Dawson– and organisers have posted them across the UK, and to countries including Japan, America,  Canada, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

 In addition to the more serious side of the festival a children's gallery, a ukelele jam and a limited edition 'Made In Worthing Cupcake' ensured the festival had something for everyone.

“Made In Worthing was all about creating new work, and let people see the process that writers, artists and performers go through,” said Dan Thompson, one of the festival's directors, “making this a very different festival from anything else on the south coast.”

The Made In Worthing festival took place from 17th-20th September,  in venues around Worthing. It  was organised by the Revolutionary Arts Group and Theatre Akimbo, and was supported by Worthing Arts Council and local businesses.

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