Final preparations underway for the region’s biggest community arts event

The final touches for this year’s Bertarelli Foundation Creative Minds Festival are being put together with the start of the region’s biggest community arts event now less than two weeks away.

Following the inaugural festival in July 2012, this year’s festival, which will again take place at The Regent Theatre, is gearing up to be even bigger and better – with over 40 school and community groups taking part as well as over 20 practitioners.

The festival takes place between Tuesday 2 to Saturday 6 July.

The Bertarelli Foundation Creative Minds Festival will see The Regent Theatre, from foyer to circle bar to the main stage, transformed into a hive of creative activity.

The event brings together some of the brightest young stars from schools and community groups across the region.

On the final night of the festival – Saturday 6 July, 10 of the best acts during the week will be asked to perform again for the Bertarelli Foundation Awards Evening.

The awards evening will be presented by popular BBC Radio Stoke presenter Paula White.

Meanwhile, visitors to the festival will also be able to select their own winner, using Twitter to vote for their favourite performance during the week.

The act with the most votes will be earn the 2013 People’s Choice Award.

Each group taking part in the festival will be given a hashtag. To vote, people need to tweet the hashtag to @creativemindsf. All hashtags will be available in the festival programme.

Creative Learning Manager, Ian Moore, said:

“Creative Minds is almost upon us and, with days to go, everything is coming together really nicely.

“The festival celebrates the unique qualities about Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire and this year’s event is gearing up to be hugely exciting.

“The 21 professional practitioners have been developing some amazing work with over 40 local school and community groups and the buzz for the week long event is slowly gathering pace.”

For more details visit www.creativemindsfestival.co.uk or on Facebook: /stokecreative.learning.

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