Abergavenny Arts Mini Festival

Saturday 17th June 2023

Let there be art – watch, join in, and most of all,

Enjoy !  And it’s all FREE!

The Programme:



 The Mini-Festival:  Two great venues in Abergavenny – The Melville Centre and The Tithe Barn – click the Programme images above to see full sized.

Russell Jones Jr. sings 'In Her Easter Bonnet' Russell Jones Jr. from Boys Aloud and X-Factor fame sings 'In Her Easter Bonnet' by Irving Berlin from the Hollywood Film 'Easter Parade' Accompanied by Ella-Louise Appleby who is a trained ballet dancer and a whole host of images of models wearing creations by Andrea's Closet Millinery. Filmed and Edited by Mark Viveach of 47 Studios and Productions Song. 'In her Easter Bonnet' by Irving Berlin Singer. Russell Jones Jnr Performer/dancer/model. Ella-Louise Appleby Make-up. Supplied by Mothers Nature's Goodies, Abergavenny. Creative Director. Vivienne Sharman-Lewis, Visionspr Ltd Filming. 47 Studios and Productions Venue. Melville Arts Centre, Abergavenny Andrea's Closet Millinery Vivienne Sharman Lewis Ella-Louise Appleby Russell Jones Jr. Mark Viveash https://youtu.be/fvfEf0zFaAo

the sun was shining

click on the picture or click ‘gallery’ in the above menu and see the fun we had in 2019, and plan to have again


Arts Festival

Abergavenny Arts Festival will celebrate the arts in their broadest sense and aims to be as inspiring, inclusive and affordable as possible. The Festival has always showcased amateur and professional artists from the vibrant local arts scene as well as inviting some exciting artists and art practitioners from further afield.



‘I’m thrilled to be a patron of Abergavenny Arts Festival – never before in my lifetime has it felt more urgent to foster enriching communal experiences, or to encourage new thinking and conversation through creativity and expression. That  Abergavenny Arts Festival is passionate about making these experiences as inclusive and accessible as possible is so important. It’s only by living, feeling, talking and thinking together that we can hope to create a more equal, sustainable and positive society. Festivals such as this, which aim to remove perceived barriers to engagement or enjoyment of the arts, are not only vital as part of that process, but also create year-round legacies that are all the richer for the embedding of this vision within their endeavour.’


– Professor Owen Sheers

Author, poet, playwright and Professor in Creativity at Swansea University


The Abergavenny Arts Festival is being facilitated by the voluntary group Arts Abergavenny. It is supported by a growing network of artists, community groups, volunteers, businesses, sponsors and friends who are passionate about public education and participation in, and appreciation of, the arts in this area.

All proceeds will be reinvested in the next Festival and other arts-related activities and events throughout the year. The frequency of such activities and events will be decided by Arts Abergavenny with the support of the network.




I am the Welsh Youth Parliament Member for Monmouthshire and attend King Henry VIII where I am a member of the school council. I am currently working with my fellow Welsh Youth Parliament Members on the three key issues that were voted highest in our debate in the Senedd. Our focus at the moment is the curriculum, where myself and other Youth Parliament members are dedicated to ensuring that the Arts are heavily included, creating a curriculum where creativity and expression are always encouraged. The primary issues I am focusing on are the Curriculum, Mental Health and Well-being and future opportunities. The Abergavenny Arts Festival is something which can help tackle all of these. It is known that creativity and expressive freedom improves how one can function in education from examples such as the educational system in Finland. It is also known that the Arts has helped many people out of difficult Mental Health situations and is able to improve over Mental Well-being. Furthermore the Abergavenny Arts Festival will open many opportunities for young people to show off there own work and perhaps learn about new and local jobs. These reasons are exactly why I have chosen to be the Arts Festival Youth Ambassador”


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The Festival

The Abergavenny Arts Festival is a celebration of all forms of art, including: painting, drawing, sculpture, dance, photography and much more.