Bees Buzz to Festival

The Arts Alive Market Hall decorations are a focal point of the Abergavenny Food Festival and each year the new theme is eagerly awaited. Last year’s sheep decorations have now been put out to pasture and there’s a real buzz in the air.

Bettina Reeves’ vision for this year’s decorations is Honey Bees and ‘A flying carpet of flowers’ (Ted Hughes). Bees and honey also feature in the opening event of the festival – a poetry reading to be given by Carol Ann Duffy and Gillian Clarke on Thursday 16 September.

The swarm will be lovingly brought to life by Arts Alive and a team of gifted volunteers. Would you like to join them?

The workshops will take place at Arts Alive, Old School, Brecon Road, Crickhowell, between 9.30am and 5.30pm from Monday 23 to Saturday 28 August and Tuesday 31 August to Wednesday 15 September. There will be no workshops on Thursdays and Sundays. Please bring lunch to share.

Textile and sculptural skills will be used to create a swarm of big beautiful bees and a brilliant rainbow of flowers. Paper sculpture, silk painting, stitching and soft sculpture are some of the techniques that will be employed.

The intense three weeks are always hard work and incredible fun, with the opportunity to meet new people and to learn or refresh skills. If you are over sixteen and can devote some time to the project – anything from a couple of days to a couple of weeks – then do come along and join in.

The Abergavenny Food Festival decorations are enjoyed by visitors from near and far. For the makers there is a great sense of achievement and it is joy to see this unique piece of public art adorning the beautiful market hall for the best part of a year. For more information please call Arts Alive on 01873 811579 / 07852 388970. Alternatively please email

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