Mad-cap antics entertain the crowds in Devizes
Jugglers, mime artists, magicians, stilt walkers, actors, musicians - they were all there in profusion at Devizes International Street Festival’s bank holiday Monday’s extravaganza yesterday.
Once again thousands of people, mostly from the local area, but also from neighbouring counties and as far away as the West Midlands, thronged the Market Place, the Brittox and surrounding streets as the town welcomed 25 acts from all over the world.
Everyone would have had their own personal favourites but former Lavington resident Fraser Hooper, surely one of the most gifted clowns on the street festival circuit, delighted a huge audience in the Market Place with his mock boxing match antics.
Cocoloco’s somewhat disturbing Alice and Alice, with two actors identically dressed as Alice in Wonderland, proved a hit as well, as did Bob-a-Job Bankers, who certainly struck a chord with most spectators with their satire.
Folded Feather were just one of the groups that employed puppets in their act to the delight of many, while Winchester University’s Fountain of Joy puzzled but intrigued passers by.
The band stage under an inflatable procenium arch outside the Corn Exchange played host to some brilliant ensembles. Delhi2Dublin from Vancouver, Canada, managed to incorporate Bhangra music with Irish folk to exciting effect while Diabel Cissokho from Senegal brought the sounds of Africa to central Wiltshire.
Gee Baby I Love You and Polly and the Billet Doux completed the line-up.
While all that was going on, young volunteers were completing a wonderful example of street art in Snuff Street, under the aegis of Urban Canvas. The totem pole design took shape throughout the day with children filling in the design created by the group with coloured chalks.
Also mainly for children were the racer cars supplied by Wacky Cycles in a roped off area of Maryport Street while in the Market Place were a huge inflatable chute and a climbing wall.