THE countdown to MADhurst is well and truly under way, as the box office opens for business today (Thursday, August 1).
The music, art, and drama festival will begin on August 17, showcasing creative talents from the area.
One of the bright young stars is Chloe Dudman, who has just finished her A-levels at Midhurst Rother College (MRC).
She was commissioned to create a piece of art for the festival that captures the spirit and ethos of the event.
Chloe’s painting will be put in a raffle, from which the proceeds will go towards materials for her forthcoming degree in Fine Art at Chichester University.
Alison Procter, vice-chairman for MADhurst, said: “We want to support everyone in the community and nurture our young talent.
“This is the perfect opportunity for us to help Chloe with her studies.”
As part of the celebrations, internationally-renowned sculptor and patron of art for Midhurst, Philip Jackson, will take part in an art exhibition in The Spread Eagle.
The box office is the MADhurst hub, open Thursday to Saturday from 10am-4pm.
It is located opposite Prezzo in West Street, and will be open until August 23.
Dozens of events will take place throughout the annual festival, including entertainment from folk bands, classical music and lunchtime recitals in Midhurst’s cafes.
The Milestone Collective Swing Band from MRC will also bring back their popular jazz concert.
Arts and crafts workshops will include jewellery-making, cupcake decorating and drawing.
Trina Duncan is the events coordinator. She said: “We would love people to visit the office, pick up a programme, event tickets, book themselves into workshops and buy a raffle ticket.”
The box office space has been made available thanks to the generosity of the management and directors of The Spread Eagle, who have allowed the organisers to use it free of charge throughout the festival.
The team are now looking for volunteers.
For more information visit www.madhurst.co.uk or on Twitter @madhurst1
Look out for the full list of events in the Midhurst and Petworth Observer!