Keele ArtsFest 2015

Posted on 09 March 2015

ArtsKeele and Keele University Student’s Union have organised a feast of creative and cultural activities taking place until the end of March. A wide variety of events have been created by students from Keele showcasing their incredible talent and passion coupled with professional activities led by artists and staff from the University. A number of additional events will also be announced throughout the month.

Amongst the wide array of activities Keele Drama Society present their annual student written play, this year Writer’s Block, a play by Jess Feser, tells the story of budding creative-writer Marnie who develops a stubborn case of writer’s block that leaves her with only the weekend left to write a fifteen-thousand word story. Filled with hijinks and mishaps in both reality and Marnie’s Story, Writer’s Block exhibits the talent and energy of Keele Drama Society. Running from March 13 until March 15, Writer’s Block welcomes all audiences. The performance will be held at Westminster Theatre, Keele University and starts at 6pm.

In addition to student-led events, Keele ArtsFest is hosting a number of events that welcome a range of artists from outside the university. A particularly exciting addition is Emergency Poet, Deborah Alma. With an aim to engage all audiences in the relevance and therapeutic nature of poetry, Emergency Poet is a participatory, poetic and playful experience set inside a 1970’s ambulance. On March 19 from 11am – 3pm at Union Square, the Emergency Poet will offer consultations and prescribe her poems as cures for FREE.

If the theatrical isn’t for you however, then ArtsKeele also welcomes you to the wide range of music performances taking place during March. Such performances include those by Keele Brass Band, Keele Concert Band, and Keele Chapel Singers. Music from Around the World, a vibrant concert designed to take you around the world through music, will commence March 13 at 7:30pm by Keele Brass Band and Keele Concert Band. Additionally, the Keele Chapel Singers will be celebrating Easter through song at the Easter Concert on March 14, 7:30pm. Both events will be held at Keele University Chapel. 

To have a more hands-on, creative experience then you can also join a FREE paper cutting workshop session led by local artists from BArts in conjunction with the Newcastle-under-Lyme lantern parade to create a large cut out design with a ‘Green Week’ theme. This event takes place on March 18 at 2pm.
Keele ArtsFest delivers a wide and diverse range of creative and cultural events and activities ensuring it an experience everyone can enjoy. ArtsKeele and Keele University Student’s Union would like to thank Staffordshire County Council Community Arts Fund and Keele Key Fund for their support. For more information and to book any of the events visit or call 01782 734340.

Kerry Jones, Arts Officer 01782 734908.