It all started in 1964
John Coope decided to do something
about the social breakdown that he was
witnessing all around him. He decided that
the town should hold a festival - music,
singing, dancing, drawing & painting
- in fact any form of artistic achievement
that brought people together for collective
enjoyment, and ultimately for the enjoyment
of a wider audience. The 1964 Festival
was a roaring success and we have been
holding them every few years ever since.
But more than festivals
- Bollington now has a huge range of organisations
which were either started by Dr John or came
about as a result of his inspiration and
See Organisations for
the full list.
For a history of the
early Festivals see History
of Bollington Festivals.
WELCOME to the Happy Valley 'Arts' pages. In this
set I hope to cover all art forms that are active
and, indeed, thriving in Bollington. There are so
many arts based groups in Bollington - it is commonly
noted that the town is exceptional in the breadth
and quality of artistic achievement; quite unlike
any other place of similar size (see box, right).
Most, but not all, of the performing arts are
based at the Bollington
Arts Centre (BAC) in Wellington Road. The BAC
has its own web site which
provides information on their forthcoming programme.
This includes external amateur and professional
performers as well as Bollington groups.
The lists below attempt to identify every arts
based group and individual artist in Bollington.
If you know of others please
let me know. Each of the groups has one or
more pages in this set as well as a short entry
in the Organisations pages
(which are mainly for contact purposes). Individual
artists and performers also have a page in this
set if I have sufficient information. Those performing
professionally may also have an entry in the Business pages.
Is Your Group on these pages?
The Arts pages are available to every arts
group and artistic individual based in Bollington
but you will only have a mention if you send
details of your group and events to
me, the webmaster!
You can have a page or more to promote yourselves
- just send me the text of what you want to say,
and perhaps a couple of pictures (I can take
some if necessary). I will promote your events
on this page as well as on your dedicated page,
on the Home page, and on Twitter which is read daily by hundreds of people. For
an example of what can be done have a look at
the BLOG pages.
So to make use of this free publicity and promote
yourselves to an ever wider audience contact
newest group to be established, they have the objective
of producung a movie for and about Bollington to
be premiered at the coming Bollington Festival
the Carol Barnes video!
Bollington Brass Band
Bollington Light Opera Group (BLOG)
Bollington Junior Festival
Festival Music Theatre
Bollington Festival Opera (group
Second Sunday Folk Club
Club (see Arts Centre Events)
Art Groups (drawing, painting,
Bollington Art Group
Artist's home page
Library Writing Group
Classes in Figure Studies are available
Creative Space Studio now
in Clarence Mill.
Outside groups recently performing or exhibiting in Bollington
Macclesfield Male Voice Choir with
Tetiana Goncharuk on piano
A mosaic has been created by Lynn Knowling for the latest
Bridgend Centre walk - the
[If you have an arts event coming up in Bollington
please send me the details for free promotion on this
site - email me]