Organisers of the much-anticipated Lincoln Inspired have announced that tickets for the community arts festival go on sale on Saturday 30th March.
The festival, which will take place in venues across the city from the 7th to 12th May, will feature a mix of headline acts, writing workshops, music, comedy, conversation, food, film, theatre and events for children and schools.
And, in what the team behind Lincoln Inspired is calling a “major coup”, Lord Melvyn Bragg will visit Lincoln as part of the festival to discuss his eagerly-awaited new novel Grace and Mary.
Born from the discussions of like-minded arts enthusiasts, Lincoln Inspired has been put together by a team of volunteers led by resident arts consultant Sara Bullimore. In its debut year, organisers are hopeful that they have struck the right chord and can become a regular feature of the Lincoln community arts scene.
“We’ve worked hard to bring together a programme to appeal to as many people as possible. We’ve also tried to keep ticket prices as low as we can too, and some events are free,” said Sara.
The range of events will include top comic Mitch Benn at the Drill Hall, astronomy with Paul Money, wine tasting led by local expert Geoff Adams at the Lincoln Hotel and a Spanish-themed evening at the Bowl Full Tapas Bar. All of this, plus free story telling events, workshops for aspiring writers and much, much more.
There will also be one incredibly special (and scary!) guest making an appearance on Saturday 11th May.
As part of celebrations to mark 50 years of the iconic BBC television series Doctor Who, writers, directors and actors from the show’s past and present will join Siren FM co-founder Alex Lewzcuk to discuss its rich history, accompanied by a Dalek!
“We will ensure that both the classic and contemporary of the show are celebrated and we hope to showcase the heart of the series; or in the case of the Doctor, the two hearts of the series.”
Alex, who has published academic research on both classic and contemporary science fiction, also joked that, “It will not be my first time interviewing a Dalek!”
As well as the live events in May arts lovers can tune into Siren FM, one of the festival’s major partners, who are building up to the event with various features and interviews.
The founders of Lincoln Inspired have opted against traditional funding methods, instead organising charity events to raise their own capital and partnering with generous individuals, businesses and organisations from within the city and further afield.
With this ethos of community involvement, the Lincoln Inspired team is confident that this ambitious project can provide enjoyment, entertainment and inspiration in the city of Lincoln for many years to come.
To get all the details on the programme of events, to book tickets and to find out how you can be involved, visit www.lincolninspired.co.uk, find Lincoln Inspired on Facebook or search @lincolninspired on Twitter.