This years free Anonymous Festival in Dorchester has a superhero theme, and in keeping with this organisers have been putting in suitably heroic efforts to make it the biggest and best event yet.
As well as a host of local bands, including headline act The Indices and young rap sensation Dreads and Lyrical Agent, there will be stalls, activities workshops and much more, giving Dorchester a full on day to remember.
Joining the local music and dance will be award winning, amazing theatre and performance in the form of Le Navet Bete and Small Pond Theatre, there will also be a chance to step inside a The Travelling Pliosaur Cinema to watch a film before trying your hand at slacklining, with Maverick Slackline or free running with Train Hard.
Community Development Officer Emma Scott said: “This year we really have pulled out all the stops to make Anonymous a festival that showcases the wide range of activities that young people enjoy. We have some amazing performance, theatre, sports and dance to inspire and entrance the audience. In fact there’s so much going on this year that the best thing to do is pack a picnic and head down to Maumbury Rings for the day.”
“I’d also like to thank Dorchester Town Council and West Dorset District Council for all the support they have given this event over the last few years, it has really paid off and is now establishing itself as one of the best youth festivals in the South West.”
In the rings by the main stage young local dance groups, ranging from ballet to street dance, will be strutting their stuff and entertaining the crowds. There will be zorbing and a bouncy castle as well as a chance to get crafty with art and craft workshops. In fact there’s everything you need for a great day out with the family.
Adam Kerslake from Dorchester Youth Extra (DYE) said: “After a lot of hard work and dedication we think we have put together a really great event. Many people would be amazed by the wide variety of activities young people in Dorchester are involved with and I’d encourage them to come along.”
Chloe Lovell is also from DYE and said: “The Open Mic area this year is being sponsored by Keep Love Sweet and is going to be better than ever, so if you feel like playing a song or two please don’t be shy and drop by.”
The festivals music co-ordinator Keith Hatch added. “The live bands on the Arena Stage include As Flames Rise, Cracker Lion, The Little Victory, Bears, Mona of Lambray and Pop Club, but there it was a really hard choice for organisers as there is a huge amount of great live music being playing young people in the area. Come along and show your support, and if you are a young musician who fancies playing next year come up and see one of the organisers on the day.”
You can find out more by logging onto the facebook group or contacting Emma Scott on 01305 252204 . Anonymous 2012 will be held in Maumbury Rings on 25th August. from 11.00 p.m. –9.00 p.m. .