Hello there and thanks for picking up your free copy of SLAP Magazine. It’s a jam packed issue and space has been extremely tight so apologies to those who sent in contributions for our editorial and missed the cut. We do try and publish everything we see, space prevailing, providing of course it’s to do with ‘Local Arts and Performers’.

Our front cover image is all about the ‘WOW’ factor... Dance Fest are this month calling for artists and performers to get involved in the WOW (Watch out Worcester) event which is coming up in July. Applications are now open until 26th May, see the article on page 7 for more details. The ‘infuse DANCE - Bodyguards' (pictured) will be performing at The Hive on the 22nd July as part of Dancefest. So if you’re an aspiring dancer or a visual performance artist please get involved.

I think we have enough to get your teeth into and whet your appetite as we glide from Spring to Summer into a full on festival season. At least enough to take your mind off further political turbulence, this time in the shape of another General Election.

In just one weekend in May we have the Lechlade Festival, Gloucester Shanty Festival, Mello Festival & Breaking Bands Festival as well as a few one dayer’s such as Under The Hill, The Swan at Staunton Cider Fest & Camp House Cider Festival. Spoilt for choice I think you’ll agree.

We also have an abundance of the arts to share with you too this month, as we preview plenty of poetry and spoken word events with After Hours and the Evesham Festival of Words which will warm us up nicely for LitFest. This on top of all the contemporary art on view around the Counties.

As always there is some bad news in the shape of the probable closure of a venue which encompassed all of the arts. It’s now common knowledge that the future of the Boars Head music venue, gallery and art space is in doubt as Sid and Sand call time in June. Fingers crossed that some like minded people are found to run it as in the case of the new Claptrap venue in Stourbridge, formally the Scary Canary.

So enjoy the rest of your Spring and keep smiling, you never know, we might just end up with a fairer society in a few weeks time, now that’s something to look forward to...

Spring - ed

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