Your full guide to this year's Arundel Festival Virtual Showcase

Arundel Festival of the Arts has come up with a Virtual Showcase to ensure that the show still goes on – despite a year in which actual festivals are off the calendar.

Singer Emily Barden is among the performers
Singer Emily Barden is among the performers

The Virtual Showcase runs from August 21-31.

Spokeswoman Jane Mote talks us through all the fun ahead:

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020: Virtual Showcase Episode 1: August 21st, 20.20 on YouTube and Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Presented by Daisy Watson, this first episode shows the opening ceremony for the festival with the entertainment kicking off at the Victoria Institute with the popular local trio Superstrings (jonwigg.com/superstrings) followed by Vintage cabaret artist Dawn Gracie singing Chocolates Are a Girl’s Best Friend (dawnsvintagedo.com).

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020: Virtual Showcase Episode 2: August 22, 20.20 on YouTube and Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Tonight’s episode opens with the first recording at Arundel’s newest music venue The BlackandWhitebus.com.(https://blackandwhitebus.com) From the meadows of Arundel Harry and the Hounds take it away with their rockabilly blues (https://www.facebook.com/harryandthehounds/ ). Marty Lowell from Arundel Gallery trail (https://www.arundelgallerytrail.co.uk/#!des-kilfeather/rtgko ) reveals all about the Secret Artist Auction (https://www.arundelgallerytrail.co.uk/copy-of-secret-artist-auction-2019 ) and Anna Howie (https://www.annahowiemusic.co.uk ) takes us to the end of the show with her latest sounds.

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 3: August 23, 20.20 on YouTube and Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

The chilled sounds of Worthing Steel pan duo Vic and Jim (https://www.worthingsteelband.co.uk) put viewers in a summer mood to open this episode at The Victoria Institute. Then it’s off to the cobbles in the heart of Arundel to hear the Big House jazz trio perform a track from their new album (https://bighouse.band/store) before returning to the Vic for soloist Will Hall leaving us as mellow as we started.

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 4: August 24, 20.20 on YouTube and Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Singer Emily Barden starts us off with a special Gazebo Gig to ease any lockdown blues (https://www.emilybarden.com). Then there’s a hilarious taster of Two Kevins – performed especially for this year’s festival by Drip Action Theatre Group (http://www.dripaction.com) in Arundel’s Victoria Institute. This episode is rounded off by popular guitar duo Tom and Ash (https://tomashguitarduo.wixsite.com/tomandash).

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 5: August 25, 20.20 on YouTube and Facebook: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Up and coming Arundel singer/songwriter Victor Butt starts tonight’s virtual show and, staying in the Victoria Institute, we pop in on two artists, Sally Goddard (painter) and Milly Swan sculptor/painter) exhibiting as part of the Arundel Gallery Trail. (https://www.arundelgallerytrail.co.uk/#!des-kilfeather/rtgko). Last year’s dynamic Dramatic Truth Ballet Theatre company (https://www.dramatictruth.org) lifts our spirits with Amazing Grace and we end with West Sussex Sings (https://www.westsussexsings.com) wonderful rendition of Time Well Spent by this community-based choir.

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 6: August 26, 20.20pm on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Hang out with the ever-popular west Sussex group Dutch Criminal Record (https://www.dutchcriminalrecord.com) for the opening lockdown recording. Then magician Dave Stewart (https://www.davidstewartmagic.com) opens up his magic box with presenter Daisy Watson choosing two nail-biting acts with the energetic sounds of soloist Joe Butt (https://www.joebutt.co.uk) entertaining as-live from the Victoria Institute.

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 7: August 27, 20.20 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

It’s #Throwback Thursday and what better way to start than the Festival favourite fundraiser showstoppers Murdoch’s Crazy Eyes? (https://www.mcemusic.com/murdochscrazyeyes). There’s a step back for presenter Daisy Watson in time lesson from Dawn Gracie (dawnsvintagedo.com) and soloist Frank Regester will treat us to some of his classic sounds. All rounded off with local opera singer Imogen Burgess ([email protected]) Singing Blow the Wind Southerly from her Arundel driveway.

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 8; August 28, 20.20 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Friday sees Arundel’s favorite postman-cum-historian Martin Alderton (https://arundelwalkingtours.co.uk) taking us on a specially-filmed tour of the town to uncover facts and stories about its amazing places and spaces. We’ll take a second trip to Imogen Burgess’s driveway and then finish on the blackandwhitebus (https://blackandwhitebus.com) to hear IOLAR(https://www.facebook.com/iolarband/) perform in the meadows overlooking the castle.

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 9: August 29, 20.20pm on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

Arundel festival Fave Simply Kate Bush Band (www.facebook.com/simplykatebushtribute/) open with a special performance in The Victoria Institute. We step back further in time to hear Brighton-based comedian Tom Veryzer (tomveryzer.com) from an Arundel Jailhouse gig and then the theatricals continue with an amazing Fire Circus act from Nick Cook (https://en-gb.facebook.com/NC.Circus/ )

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Arundel Festival of the Arts 2020 - Virtual Showcase Episode 10: Finale, August 30, 20.20 on YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGQ3VGmVG6SIP4rTNO_Va2Q and Facebook @ArundelFestival

The grand finale of the Virtual festival kicks off with the dynamic The Sirens Acoustic (http://www.thesirensband.co.uk) band performing a special set at The Victoria Institute. We then head to the BlackandWhitebus.com for our last set there with singer Joel Peters - one of his songs is so fresh he’s not even named it yet! Then, a nostalgic look back at the community events from past festivals before a reminder of how Arundel loves ABBA MAGIC.

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