Photo of organisers of Speak Volumes festival

Speak Volumes!
New Arts Festival created by
Worcester University Students

University of Worcester students are launching a new arts festival this month. Named Speak Volumes!, the three-day event from March 21-23 2024, primarily organized by University of Worcester Poetry Society members, aims to provide a platform for emerging writers, performers, and visual artists. Held at The Arches 27 and 28 in the city centre near The Hive, the free festival is open to everyone, with hopes of establishing an annual cultural highlight for Worcester.

Freddie Barker, a third-year Film Production & Screenwriting student and a member of the Poetry Society, emphasizes the festival’s aim to inspire creativity among students, graduates, and adults aged 18 to 30.

The festival kicks off with an opening ceremony at The Arches on March 21st at 3 pm, running until 10 pm that day and from 10 am to 10 pm on the following two days. Drawing inspiration from a successful one-night event last year, organized by some of the same students, this year’s expanded festival promises a variety of workshops, exhibitions, and performances.

Speak Volumes! features live performances, including original theatre, performance poetry, and stand-up comedy. An Art Gallery will showcase community art exhibitions and provide a platform for local creatives. Additionally, an indie marketplace will offer goods from local artists and craftspeople, alongside a poetry bookshop.

Zine culture takes centre stage at the festival, with displays and sales of these DIY booklets. Attendees can also participate in hands-on creative workshops, ranging from screenwriting basics to zine-making techniques and even an origami masterclass. Competitions, including photography and poetry slams, offer further opportunities for artists to showcase their talents.

For more information visit the Speak Volumes event website

Find out more

Share this: