29th April 2010, 4:15pm
Lincoln to host European cultural festival
A performer from the cultural festival A major cultural festival will end its tour of Europe in Lincoln, the only UK city to host the event this year.

The two-day festival, entitled 'Europa My Dream', will be the last in a series of events that will see actors, painters, dancers, writers, sculptors and musicians crossing seven other European countries to arrive finally in the city on 18 June.

The Culture Trail will begin in May in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, and then go to Soldvadkert, Hungary, Wroclaw (Breslau), Poland, Mönchenholzhausen and Weimar, Germany, Maziéres de Touraine, France, and Deventer, The Netherlands, before arriving in the UK.

Each stop on the trail will be a two-day festival where music, theatre, dance, exhibitions and workshops (for adults and children) will be offered by the permanent team on tour, made up of 18 artists from Spain, The Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Belarus, France and the UK.

They will be joined by local and regional artists and the full programme will include book readings, cabaret, choirs, traditional folklore, artisans (pottery, metal working etc), youth programmes (in theatre, music and art) and round-table discussions on the themes of violence and education. All the events are free to the public.

Graham McLusky, President of the European House of Arts, which is organising the festival, said: "I am very excited that we are able to bring such an important cultural festival to Lincoln. There will be something for everyone over the two days."

Patron of the Lincoln festival is the Bishop of Lincoln the Right Rev Dr John Saxbee. He added: "Music, dance and the creative arts have the capacity to unite peoples from many countries and backgrounds. This Festival gives us all the chance to celebrate the rich diversity of European culture in our own backyard."

The festival's hub will be at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) on the University of Lincoln's Brayford Campus, with activities also taking place in other areas of the city, such as St Swithin's Church and the Drill Hall. Further events over the two days will be taking place around the city in art galleries, pubs and public spaces.

For more information please contact Graham McLusky by emailing uk@europeanhouseofarts.org, visiting www.europeanhouseofarts.org.uk or telephoning 01526 323333.
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