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Holt Festival Highlights 2018

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Holt Festival 2018

Visit the beautiful Georgian market town of Holt this July for an exciting week of music, performing and visual arts, dancing and comedy. Holt Festival will be gracing the town from 21st until 29th July, when the streets of Holt will be transformed into the home of diverse entertainment. There will be venues located all over Holt including the Auden Theatre, the bookshop, Holt Community Centre and the Theatre in the Woods. 28 performances will take place over the week, so have a read through our highlights of the amazing line-up below.

Anna Mudeka - Music of Our Ancestors

Monday 23rd July at 4pm
Holt Community Centre
Tickets £12 / £5 concession
Throughout her mesmerising performance of singing and Mbira (thumb piano), Zimbabwean Anna Mudeka will tell her story and unveil the musical evolution of her homeland. Anna’s incredibly powerful vocals and musical talent will bring alive the rich musical tradition of Zimbabwe. Feel your worries float away while the fabulous music surrounds you. Mudeka will be performing for 1 hour, plus a Q&A.


Tuesday 24th July at 8:15pm
Auden Theatre
Tickets £25 / £5 concessions
Star of the Royal Variety Performance 2017, the acclaimed stage mentalist Colin will be bringing his amazing new PSYCHO(Logical) show to Holt, where he will astound you by influencing your thoughts and imaginations using his amazing mind reading stunts. Prepare to be blown away by his un-explainable performance. Cloud will be performing for an amazing 1 hour 10 minutes.

John Hurt film, The Hit, plus Q&A

Wednesday 25th July at 4pm
Britton Building
Tickets £8 / £5 concessions
The amazing John Hurt starred in over 200 films across his 55-year acting career. Hurt won multiple awards including 4 BAFTAs, a Golden Globe and was nominated twice for an Oscar. Across the week of the Holt Festival, three of his favourite films are being shown, introduced by his wife. Each screening will be followed by a Q&A. If you are a John Hurt fan, these special screenings are not to be missed. The running time will be 1 hour 38 minutes and The Hit is an 18-rated film.

Ann Widdecombe in conversation with Nina Nannar

Thursday 26th July at 2pm
Auden Theatre
Tickets £18 / £5 concessions
Ann Widdecombe is one of the most high-profile former politicians and is renowned for being controversial and outspoken. Ann became a Member of Parliament in 1987 and was Minister of State for Employment and Minister of State for Prisons in John Major’s government. She will be in conversation with Nina Nannar, Arts Editor for ITV News and will be talking about her life and work, including becoming the oldest contestant ever on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing. Widdecombe will be in conversation for 50 mins, plus a 20 minute Q&A.

Tom Baxter

Friday 27th July at 8:15pm
Theatre in the Woods
Tickets £20 / £5 concessions
Tom Baxter's much-anticipated new album The Other Side of the Blue is releasing this June. Since Baxter released his first two albums, “Feather & Stone” and “Skybound, his songs have been covered by incredible artists such as Dame Shirley Bassey, Take That and Boyzone. If you are looking for a magical evening, Tom Baxter is not one to miss. Baxter will be performing for 1 hour 30 minutes.

John Simpson in conversation with Susie Fowler-Watt

Saturday 28th July at 2:30pm
Theatre in the Woods
Tickets £20 / £5 concession
Enjoy a 1 hour Q&A session with the multi-award winning journalist and BBC’s World Affairs Editor, John Simpson OBE. During his amazing 50 years with the BBC he has reported from 140 countries, covered 46 wars on 4 continents and interviewed about 200 world leaders, including Mikhail Gorbachev and Vladimir Putin, Margaret Thatcher and every other British prime minister since Harold Wilson. Simpson will be discussing his career in international journalism with BBC Look East’s Susie Fowler-Watt.

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