Arts

Will Shaftesbury Host The World’s Oldest Fringe Performer?

The Australian press made a fuss about Adelaide’s Fringe, featuring a 92-year-old performer. Scottish newspapers marvelled when a 90-year-old woman took to the stage at Edinburgh’s event. But once again, Shaftesbury is going one better!

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Shaftesbury Choir Performs Songs That Helped Change British Life

‘The pen is mightier than the sword’, according to the saying. But the power of the protest song could be considered even more potent in demonstrating discontent, uniting activists and bringing about change. Read More

Proud Shaftesbury Town Silver Band Members Celebrate Contest Result

Members of Shaftesbury Town Silver Band say they are ‘ecstatic’ following their success in a regional band competition last Saturday.

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Bums And Vatican Mini Bars – Shaftesbury Shopkeeper Prepares A Quirky Art Show

You will never have a boring conversation with Shaftesbury businessman Rob Neely. He became friends with Roxy Music when he lived in a commune. He jammed with the Sex Pistols and spent six weeks creating art in the dark. Now the co-owner of The Dorset Store is staging a Shaftesbury Arts Centre Gallery exhibition, where each piece on display promises to be as colourful as his stories.

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Motcombe’s Vintage Vehicle Recording Studio Attracting The Stars

Rock and pop royalty could be in North Dorset this weekend. Few people are aware that there’s a recording studio that attracts household names, tucked away in Motcombe.

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New Shaftesbury Youth Theatre Group Plans To Stage A Musical

By this time next year, Shaftesbury’s secondary school-age pupils could be staging their own musical.

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Find Mystery Markings In Shaftesbury Artist’s Work

An exhibition at Shaftesbury Arts Centre will encourage us to look at the architecture around us. The artist’s work includes design details from our town centre and he’s offering a prize if you can locate the mystery markings featured in his work.

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One of The World’s Greatest Flamenco Guitarist Plays Shaftesbury

Juan Martin has been named as one of the top three flamenco guitarists in the world by America’s bestselling guitar magazine. Closer to home, The Times has described Juan as a ‘giant of the flamenco tradition’. And he’s coming back to perform at Shaftesbury Arts Centre on Saturday 9th March.

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The Father And Son Photographing Shaftesbury’s Changing High Street

An ambitious project to document Shaftesbury’s High Street is in its second year and St James photographer, James McMillan, is now being assisted in his work by a young, up-and-coming Dorset photographer – his son Finn.

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Shaftesbury Art Centre Previewing This Year’s Gallery Artists

Shaftesbury Arts Centre’s Gallery is giving us a preview of the artists they are hosting this year. And there’s a chance for you to win prizes with your Shaftesbury or snowdrop inspired art, too.

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