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 irresistible 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.
Festival organiser Caroline Kay Mouat said the event offered top class entertainment and the opportunity to discover one of the lesser known Channel Islands.
“The Alderney Performing Arts Festival offers a boutique entertainment experience on a stunning island backdrop – perfect for a long weekend away.”
Alderney Performing Arts Festival runs from Friday 24th - Monday 27th.