Guernsey Press

Performers taking it to the streets this summer

Musicians, actors, dancers and storytellers will be taking to the streets of St Peter Port for this year’s Guernsey Street Festival.

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Western Valley band who played outside of the Town Church during at the Guernsey Street Festival in 2022. Left to right, Tony Dolman, Andy Wilson, Horrace Dogson, Gaynor Sutcliffe and Maisie Riley. (Picture by Sophie Rabey, 33406533)

The festival returns to Town for two weeks from 20 July, from 10am until 3.30pm daily, except on Sundays, to celebrate all forms of art and entertainment.

As well as putting on performances, local artists will run stalls.

The Guernsey Street Festival charity was founded to showcase local talent, celebrate visiting entertainers, provide a platform for performers of all styles, encourage islanders into Town to shop locally and promote community spirit.

It also recognises that the arts are a valued part of the community, and will therefore make sure all performers are paid a fair hourly rate.

‘We are so looking forward to bringing another two weeks of entertainment to St Peter Port this summer,’ said festival founder Claire Dawson.

‘We have received some lovely feedback from the public over the past three years. We are so very lucky to have such an enormous amount of talent on our tiny island and a beautiful town, both of which need our support.’

There will be eight performance zones across Town.

The festival starts with a parade from the Sunken Gardens to Market Square which will feature all volunteers, performers and cosplayers. Anyone who wishes to be part of the parade should be at the Sunken Gardens at 9.30am on 20 July.

UK-based jazz band DixieMix will end the parade and kick off festival performances with a live show in Market Square at 10.30am.

Trophies will be awarded at an awards evening at the Old Government House Hotel on Saturday 3 August, including the Spirit of the Festival award for the person who has gone above and beyond to help out and keep the festival running smoothly.

Drinks and street food will be provided, with entertainment from UK acts Bowjangles and King Brass. The evening will also feature a raffle.

On Saturdays the festival will feature a fancy dress competition with a different theme – under the sea on 20 July, science fiction on 27 July and cartoon characters on 3 August. Winners will receive Creasey’s Toys vouchers.

More information, including performance times, can be found online here.