The Prescot Festival went ahead with a hybrid of online and in-person arts and music this year—and an 18th festival is already in the works for 2022.
Despite the pandemic, organisers were able to programme 10 days of events and activities, ranging from choral services at the town’s 17th-century parish church to a heritage trail that saw keen walkers uncovering fascinating facts about the historic town.
In an exclusive video talk, Laura Collier and Ian Tabbron of the Shakespeare North Playhouse provided a teasing glimpse of what to expect in summer next year, when the eagerly anticipated period theatre opens its doors to the public.
On the final weekend, Dave Loftus, was revealed as the winner of the 2021 Prescot Festival Short Story Competition. The panel judged his entry, Give, a witty, entertaining and thought-provoking story, and anyone can now read it online at prescotfestival.co.uk or in the August issue of Prescot Parish Magazine.
‘We’re immensely grateful to the volunteers, artists and members of the community who came together to help us deliver a full programme of arts and music for the people of Prescot and beyond this year,’ said artistic director Dr Robert Howard, ‘and we await the return of bigger concerts and events with both excitement and patience as we emerge from the pandemic.’
He added: ‘We’re already busy preparing for 2022—a huge year for Prescot, with the new playhouse opening in the heart of our beautiful town—and the 18th annual festival is set to take place between 17 and 26 June.’
Did you miss this year’s Prescot Festival? You can catch up with all events and activities free at prescotfestival.co.uk.
Pictured: Prescot Town Hall (1755), by George Cooney, submitted to the 2021 Prescot Festival Community Art Display