Residents have been encouraged to write poetry on the theme of ‘the white wood’, which is what ‘Whitley’ might have meant originally. These poems will be exhibited at a special installation to which visitors can add their own literary efforts.
Visitors can join in with a range of creative activities at the festival. There will be music and performances from local schools and groups as well as family events such as music making, doodle art, playdoh craft, cut-up poetry, face painting, storytelling and drama workshops. Local groups and charities will be there so visitors can learn what’s going on in the area.
WhitFest was developed by local charity Aspire2 and organised by Creative Junction, a non-profit community interest company, who say that the intent of this annual festival is to use the arts to make a positive difference to the lives of the people of Whitley.
This free event runs from 11am until 3pm and will be compèred by JMA performing arts students who have created a performance schedule specially for WhitFest audiences.