ENJOY a lip-smacking feast of fresh performance art while drinking in the sights and sounds of stunning Alderney.
With its cobbled streets, pastel-hued houses and pristine beaches, Alderney retains all the unspoiled island charm of yesteryear.
But the Island’s 7th Festival of Performing Arts, which is supported by the States of Alderney, the Guernsey Arts Commission, Guernsey Association of Charities, Alderney Shipping and many more local and off island sponsors, showcases some of the most exciting and forward looking new musical talent around.
This year the festival weekend will be celebrating the culture of Cuba with music, art and dancing set in and around the islands fascinating historical buildings.
Highlights include an entire Victorian fortress being turned into Old Town Havana, complete with Bodega mojito bars, Cuban street food, Cuban art exhibition and cobbled street plaza live music stage and salsa dance floor.
The festival is known for its relaxed casual charm but the core professionalism of the performers chosen is always the best in class. Cuban Salsa workshops are being given by international dance master, Raul Lao Garcia, who trained with Alberto Acosta as a teenager in Havana. There is a full live Havana nights salsa and Cuban hog roast with four exceptional bands inclusive of world famous Elaine Correa and La Evolucion, an eight strong Band as head line act and providing irrestible dance music.
Opera also makes a strong Spanish presence with award winning Alexandra Lowe kicking off the festival with at a concert dinner with a Taste of Cuba and four exceptional opera talents from Madrid under the direction of international accompanist, Nigel Foster make the Sunday gala evening a real Hispanic treat. Saturday morning sees the sublime saxophonist Classics to Jazz of Manu Brazo and his Indonesian pianist, Prajna Indrawati. There is even a big Sunday Paella party, so people can come and pull themselves off the islands pretty beaches and dance to a few tunes with plate of valenciano and a refreshingly cool sangria whilst also enjoying art from re known sculptor Anna Gillespie, artist Michael Haynes- Smallbone and local photographer Steve Phelan.
As the festival is all island embracing, there is always a Fringe programme in island bars and restaurants. The inner harbour festival on the bank holiday Monday is now famous for its delicious fresh lobster wraps served up with a medley of bands and the Alderney fishing fleet looking on. Perhaps one of the most unique features is the Mojito Salsa Express. A train ride on the Channel Islands only railway through the islands breathtaking beaches and cliff scenery whilst sipping mojitos and dancing not just to one but two bands on the train. One for each direction !! Only Alderney could pull that one off.
Alderney Performing Arts Festival is Friday May 24th– Monday, May 27th. More info- www.alderneyperformingartsfestival.com