BLAST back to the 1940s this weekend in the company of The Blitz Sisters, who’ll be helping a new festival make its debut this weekend.
The singers – ex-Northumbria University students Emma Kaye-Hudson and Elizabeth Morrisey – will be entertaining visitors to the first Heaton Arts Festival.
Dressed in authentic Army uniform or dress, they’ll be serving up some wartime classics by Vera Lynn, The Andrews Sisters and Gracie Fields at a nostalgic high tea on Saturday.
The festival, which is being organised by volunteers from the Charles Street Community Association to celebrate the diversity and creativity of its local area and people, will kick off tomorrow and run until Sunday.
Tomorrow’s programme features singer Nadine Shah from Whitburn, a preview in Whitfield Terrace of a sugar-coated fairytale installation called Home Sweet Home, and “edible furniture” workshops which will run all three days.
On Saturday, there’ll be a Wild Iris Walk with artist Alec Finlay, combining a traditional nature trail with art and sculpture, burlesque workshops and “Tea with Vicar” socials – a chance to relax with tea and cake among some sedate art.
The Blitz Sisters will have their turn between 2pm and 4pm on Saturday, performing a Second World War soundtrack during a high tea at Vincenzo’s Pizzeria in Addycombe Terrace.
Emma, 23, and 22-year-old Elizabeth have worked as professional actors, musicians and singers around the North East since graduating in performance arts last year.
Elizabeth has also trained in classical and jazz, while Emma plays cello, guitar and piano, and is learning the accordion.
Emma said: “We would like to think we offer something different and it is great to delve into nostalgia and give people the opportunity to remember the artists that lifted the spirits during those tough times.”
Heaton Arts Festival will also feature a range of contemporary art at various venues. For further information visit heatonartsfestival.com