Dashfest’s focus for a busy summer season

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A summer of arts and cultural events across Dacorum is sure to cut a dash – with the official launch on Monday night of Dashfest 2013.

That’s the name given to a programme of events which includes established fixtures in the borough’s calendar as well as new events which aim to build a real festival feel.

The Dacorum Arts, Sports and Heritage Festival takes in events running from the beginning of June right through to the end of September.

Dacorum Arts Partnership chairman Brian Doran said that the impetus for Dashfest was a determination to continue the good work done by last year’s borough-wide festival of culture and sport linked to nationwide Olympic and Paralympic celebration.

He said: “Dashfest will draw together brand new events as well as old favourites to create a wide-ranging programme for everyone.

“Dacorum has a great number of active sporting and cultural organisations. Dashfest will make the most of that potential, actively encouraging more people to get involved in cultural activity.

“We aim to build on the Olympic legacy by inspiring and involving people of all ages and abilities, by supporting health and exercise programmes, helping learning and personal development and engaging more people in our local culture.”

Established events which will come under the Dashfest umbrella include the Tringe comedy season, Pendley’s Shakespeare festival, and the Graham Greene International Festival in Berkhamsted.

But new ventures include the Dacorum Folk Fest at Boxmoor Playhouse in August and sports club taster sessions across the borough in July.

The full programme can be found online at www.whatsonindacorum.org.uk/