A hand-picked guide to what's on in Herefordshire in March 2022, mixing creative events, cultural activities and hidden gems.
Running in venues throughout Herefordshire + Worcestershire, and into Wales, Borderlines Film Festival is back for 2022 with 70 features from around the world being screened in 60-ish venues. Highlights include Faya Dayi - Jessica Beshir’s stunning documentary looking at the rituals of khat n Ethiopia; Parallel Mothers - Pedro Almodóvar's latest collab with Penélope Cruz; and The Souvenir Part II - Joanna Hogg’s much anticipated sequel to her autobiographical drama.
Locally made work on show includes Rural Media's The Willows, an award winning drama about one woman's experience of domestic violence in a rural place, and MASH Cinema's immersive Stories of Ella Mary Leather.
A retelling of Medusa’s story through collective rage, agency and a female gaze. The ancient Greek tale of a women scorned is performed at The Courtyard in Hereford by Mobilise (formerly Worcester Arts Workshop) in this new show written and directed by Hannah Phillips, co-created with composer Nik Haley and film maker Nicola Prestage.
Tickets £13. Recommended for ages 16+.
"In medieval times colour was a luxury and its production labour intensive and expensive. Ordinary people would have owned little that was coloured. But churches and the objects in them were ablaze with wonderful colour. There are still traces of medieval colour in the cathedral, but it is in the pages of illuminated manuscripts that the colours still blaze."
Rosemary Firman is giving a talk about the use of dazzling colour during the medieval period at Hereford Cathedral.
Tickets are £10.
Ferrous International Festival of Artist Blacksmithing comes back to Hereford City Centre for 10 days of demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions - all in celebration of metalcraft. There'll be free 'Have A Go Forging' experiences available between March 25th and 27th (book here).
Ferrous is a partnership between Hereford College of Arts and Hereford Business Improvement District.
Head to The Rodd near Presteigne, home of late artist Sidney Nolan which is open to the public thanks to the Sidney Nolan Trust, for this exclusive look at Nolan's extensive photographic archive, which is estimated to contain more than 30,000 images. The exhibition reveals the Australian's innate experimentation with the polaroid format and gives an insight into the Trust's ongoing work to conserve this important photographic collection.
The exhibition opens on March 31st, and runs until May 2022.