South Yorkshire arts festival kicks off

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A South Yorkshire-based community arts festival is promising an extravaganza of arts, crafts and dance this weekend.

The Dearne Community Arts Festival kicks off today and there will be a whole host of different events in and around the Dearne Playhouse in Goldthorpe all weekend.

Artists will display their work in a marquee outside the venue, along with a photographic exhibition.

There will also be a gallery of paintings and a wide range of crafts on display, including mask-making, cake decoration and cross-stitch, along with demonstrations of floristy, massage and creative writing — led by poet Ian McMillan, the 'Bard of Barnsley'.

Singing, music and dance performances will grace the theatre’s stage.