A moment of history saw a heritage plaque unveiled at Talland House to mark the writer Virginia Woolf’s childhood time in St Ives – and something different saw the Festival’s first Over-60s trapeze workshop!
Great Guildhall nights also included Dr Feelgood, the 48th and final date on American folk icon Peggy Seeger’s UK tour and the “last chance” to see soul legend Geno Washington and the Ram Jam Band in Cornwall on their “farewell tour” . . . which might now not be the swansong after all according to “We had a blast” Geno.
Other highlights included Daniela Soledade and Nate Najar at St Ives Jazz Club, 2019 winner of ITV’s The Voice Molly Hocking at St Ia and Royal Cinema’s special showing of new film The Long Way Back with a Q&A with brothers Brett and Simon Harvey, the director and producer.
Bob Devereux’s daily lunchtime Norway Square music and poetry again attracted a large following of performers and spectators every day.
Thirty-eight artists welcomed visitors during Open Studios, there were exhibitions all over town and St Ives Rotary’s 15th annual Spot The Artist charity painting sale netted more than £8,000.
St Ives BID is one of the sponsors of the Festival which extends the summer season and attracts visitors to St Ives deep into September.