Lincoln will play host for two days starting June 18th to the last leg of the Europa My Dream cultural festival. 18 artists from Spain, the Netherlands, Italy, Germany, Ireland, Belarus, France and the UK will entertain Lincolnites with free music, theatre, dance, exhibitions and workshops (for both adults and children).
Europa My Dream 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. It will arrive in Lincoln on June 18th and stay until the 20th.
The European tour will be joined in Lincoln 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.
The festival’s hub will be at the Lincoln Performing Arts Centre (LPAC) on the University of Lincoln’s Brayford Campus. Activities will also take 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.
The Bishop of Lincoln, the Right Rev Dr John Saxbee, is the Patron of the Lincoln festival: “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.”
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.”