THE line-up for Fest West 2019 has been revealed and is the event’s “biggest yet”.

The event returns for its eighth year and brings together a programme of film, dance and theatre performances. It runs from February 14 to March 2.

Fest West sees Wiltshire Creative venues Salisbury Arts Centre and Salisbury Playhouse collaborate with The Pound Arts Centre, Corsham and Town Hall Arts, Trowbridge to celebrate the arts from across the South West.

Wiltshire Creative associate director Jo Newman said: “This is the biggest line-up yet for Fest West; it’s fantastic to be bringing so many brilliant South West artists working across disciplines – dance, music, circus, theatre, film and visual arts – together to share their work as part of a celebration of what’s being made in this region.”

Companies and artists taking part include circus artist Hazel Lam, Plymouth’s Narwhal Ensemble and multi award-winning choreographer James Wilton.

New at Fest West in 2019 are film screenings including The Levelling – winner of the BFI London Film Festival Filmmaker Bursary Award – about a girl returning to her family home in Somerset after the death of her brother and devastation by the floods of 2014. The Levelling is at Salisbury Arts Centre on February 27.

Other films include an evening of shorts at Salisbury Arts Centre on Wednesday, February 20 including Needletale by Barney Norris and Song of the Open Road by Sonia Wargacha.

On the same night, Paines Plough presents Come to Where I’m From with four playwrights including Barney Norris. Come to Where I’m From is a national project that invites playwrights to write plays about where they are from.

Theatre performances include a triple bill of performances on February 15 and a double bill on March 2 in The Salberg, Salisbury Playhouse. The double bill sees new shows from Run Like Stags and Scratchworks, both playful retellings of forgotten pieces of British feminist history.

The triple bill includes Grow Up and Just Love Chocolate from Poole’s The Shouting Mute, Safiya Kinshasha’s Firebird and Chris White and Poppy Pedder with Kin.

Dance comes from James Wilton who presents Leviathan at Salisbury Arts Centre on Thursday, February 21. It follows Ahab, a ship captain hell-bent on capturing the white whale Moby Dick. And Heather Walrond Company presents a double bill of dance and live music at Salisbury Arts Centre on February 16.

Family performances include The Pixie’s Scarf, inspired by Alison Uttely’s story on February 18 and Lily and the Albatross on February 19.

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