Shelly's little arts festival which is big at same time

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It's all systems go for South Devon’s newest one-day arts event - the Little Big Festival.

It takes place on a farm just two miles outside Ashburton on August 7.

Originally conceived in 2020 as a three-day festival, its inaugural event was cancelled due to the Pandemic. This year its organisers decided to throw a one-day extravaganza with reduced ticket capacity to ensure the audience could spread out and socially distance and were fully compliant with Covid safety guidelines.

The Little Big Festival combines the very best of an arts festival with the eccentricity of an English country fayre with music, comedy, film, circus and trapeze, poetry and literature, cabaret, talks and workshops, interactive art and a dedicated children’s area.

It is the brainchild of Asburton resident, Shelly Worthy-Eveleigh. In addition to more than 30 years as an NHS nurse she has enjoyed a parallel career running festivals and stages, including Port Eliot Festival, Glastonbury’s Theatre & Circus Fields, Portmeirion’s Festival Number 6 and the Ashburton Food & Drink Festival. 

Now she is putting her money where her mouth is by using her life savings to launch The Little Big Festival.

Sher says: "‘Ashburton has a fine creative arts tradition and there is no better place to launch a new festival.

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"More than ever, we need to champion the performing arts especially now that small venues, a vital training ground for new performers, are shutting down in vast numbers and the Government has cut arts funding so drastically."

This year there is no onsite camping but organisers have partnered with nearby Summer Hill Farm Campsite for those wanting to make a weekend of it. There will be free minibus shuttle transport to and from the festival.