Singing in the Rain!
The Arts Foundation has been established as the new fundraising arm of Guernsey's Arts Commission. Its aim is to generate much needed additional resources to enable further development of the Bailiwick's artistic and cultural identity which, it is hoped, will in turn benefit our sense of community, heritage and civic pride. The Foundation also aspires to raise the level of cultural awareness and create a more coherent and holistic approach to art and culture across the islands. Lady Corder is the Foundation's new Patron.
To mark the day, over 70 groups and individual artists came together to join in a festival of visual and performing arts in Government House and its grounds. The variety of performaces and exibitions was extraordinary with classical and contemporary music (and just about everything in between), classical, traditional and contemporary dance, and an exhibition of a wide range of works by island artists and photographers. Such was the wealth of talent on display, even heavy rain in the morning couldn't keep the audience away and, when the sunshine finally emerged in the early afternoon, a real festival spirit broke out.
The days performances finished with GADOC, once again to very loud applause, performing a selection of songs from last year's hugely successful performance of Les Miserables. At the end of the event Lady Corder said 'It's been a brilliant day, really showcasing the huge wealth of talent that Guernsey produces. It has also enabled us to open up the house and grounds to everyone, something Ian and I want to do on a regular basis. I think the Arts Foundation has got off to an excellent start'.