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Moorlands arts festival celebrates decade of success

Leek's annual festival of arts and crafts is this year celebrating its tenth birthday - and is looking for new artisans to join the party.

The 'Art in the Park' event will take place on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May in Brough Park and organisers at Staffordshire Moorlands District Council are hoping to attract some new faces to join the loyal artists and craftspeople in the marquee this year.

Past exhibitors have included artists, jewellery makers, ceramic producers, photographers, bespoke greeting card makers, a basket weaver and a willow artist. As well as exhibitors and stalls, the event also features interactive art activities, bandstand performances and children's activities.

Councillor Sybil Ralphs, Leader of the Council and portfolio holder for arts and culture, said "This is always a much anticipated event and one which is now firmly established on the local arts calendar. It showcases the talents of a wide variety of artists and craftspeople and offers people the chance to pick up unique, handmade crafts and designer items and see demonstrations by highly skilled practitioners.

"I'd like to congratulate all those who have been involved over the last ten years on their achievements and extend an invitation to any newcomers who'd like to join us this year. I can assure them, and the visitors to this two-day festival, a very warm Moorlands welcome in the fabulous environment of Brough Park."