DissFest bringing entertainment for all ages to town

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A festival that promises to offer a broad array of entertainment for people of every age arrives in Diss today, with events scheduled across the weekend.

DissFest, organised by Vinces Road-based social development enterprise Unit Twenty Three, is set to fill the town with attractions across today, tomorrow and Sunday, including two music festivals in Diss Park, a Dove Players drama production and other performances, a historical tour of Diss, a circus act and various workshops.

Chief among the schedule is a new initiative called the Arts Award Discover Club, a project aiming to encourage children and young people to become more engaged in their local arts scene, to set themselves creative challenges and to develop their leadership skills.

Led by young arts leaders Alice Wyatt, aged 24, and Meridith Dickin, aged 20, the Discover Arts Award asks participants to interview an artist involved in one of the events or exhibitions happening throughout the weekend and find out more about their work, before gathering as a group to discuss what they have learned.

Emrys Green, the Arts Award Youth Network Project Manager, said: “I know from personal experience the huge impact that doing Arts Award can have on a young person’s development, and I want this project to reach out to many more young people.

“If you’re interested in the arts, get in touch!”

Reviews and blogs from the various events will be posted online at artsawardvoice.com - enabling anybody who is attending Diss Fest to post their own thoughts and views about what they have seen.

To find out the full DissFest line-up of events, ticket prices, and contact details, pay a visit to the festival website at www.dissfest.uk