Something magical happened today in Chester.
The very first live musical performance ,within the space of the transforming Chester Odeon, took place. Organized by Chester Writers in cooperation with Chester Fringe for the Chester Literature Festival.
Performing were author Die Booth and musician Nala.
The guests were welcomed to the busy site of Chester new cultural centre and invited in by site manager Dan and his team. We were all given the appropriate safety gear to wear including, hi vis vest, helmet, safety goggles, gloves and boots! Amazing. Once everyone was suited up it was time for the tour.
Dan took us into the space of the Odeon
and then led us into what will be the first floor of the library space.
It was here that the magical performances of Die and Nala took place. First up was Nala who performed two of his original songs. He has such a great voice and bellowed out the tunes while playing guitar.
Nala then swapped places with the talented Die. She read the eager audience a beautiful short story. I definitely was swept away to another place while Die read her story. The story is captivating and moving. It will be published soon by Firewords magazine. You can also read more about Die’s work on her blog: https://diebooth.wordpress.com/blog/
Nala performed two more songs to finish off the show. So much talent!
These two had the honour of being the fist artists to perform at Chester new Cultural Centre. A true Chester Fringe experience too with the unusual venue and extraordinary circumstances.
Before leaving we heard a few words from Suzanne, director of Chester Writers, who thanked everyone for attending. She also thanked Chester Performs and their team for allowing us all to experience this unique event.
Chester Writers have an event coming up this Saturday– please see this link for more info.
It will be a “Storybout” of readings throughout Chester. The day begins at 10am at Becknick’s on Brook St and ends with a 7pm show on Watergate St rows at Liquor and Co.
Keep up the good work all. Looking forward to hearing more from Die, Nala , Chester Writers , Chester Fringe and Chester Performs. Working together to make Chester’s Culture so varied and rich.
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