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Peter Barber paints our next element of the Music Heritage Trail

Tuesday, August 16, 2016


Location: Kidderminster Hub/Weavers Wharf

Peter Barbers latest addition to the Music Heritage Trail

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Win great art prizes at the KAF raffle

Monday, July 18, 2016 - Sunday, August 28, 2016


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

Fundraising raffle at KAF for Colart art materials

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Frank, Wynn & John Combe’s memorial

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016

12:00 am


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John Combe was born on the 24th December 1944, he sadly left a loving family and many friends on 15th of March 2016 after a long and dignified battle with illness. Throughout his life he was a huge music fan,...

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‘Acceptable in the 70’s’ – Dance performance by Being Frank Physical Theatre

Saturday, August 20, 2016


Location: Leaving from the Town Hall

Performance of ‘Acceptable in the 70’s’ Being Frank Physical Theatre Company.   Acceptable in the 70’s is a physical dance piece that opens out to the public a couple’s home from 40 years ago. Dancing to ELO, Kool and The...

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Rose Theatre Open House with the Dharma Bums

Saturday, August 20, 2016

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Location: The Rose Theatre Foyer

See the Dharma Bums and get a tour back stage at the Rose Theatre Kidderminster

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Dukes Box Juke Box – a real DJ in a box

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Location: Outside Kidderminster Town Hall

The Worlds first Human sized jukebox. The DJ inside the huge Jukebox will entertain you with humorous performance and top tunes. The Show combines music, performance, dance, Song, Comparing, comedy (and some tragedy). From satire to slapstick this celebration of Pop is guaranteed...

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‘Lift’ by street theatre by Wet Picnic

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Location: Leaving from the Town Hall

‘Lift’ is a street theatre like you won’t have seen before. The talented Wet Picnic return to Kidderminster for the third time with this roving theatrical experience welcoming the audience  into a world of captured moments, giving them a surreal...

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The Musicians of Bremen – Children’s Theatre

Saturday, August 13, 2016

11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

Sealegs Puppet Theatre return with their adapted Brothers Grimm classic The Musicians of Bremen. What happens to old toys when no one loves them any more? There is a place where they are sorted into those who will find new...

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Total Eclipse of the Head – mobile hair salon

Saturday, August 13, 2016

10:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: kidderminster town centre

Get a new hair style inspired by music that is playing in this fun mobile hair studio

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Planetary – Street performance by Pif Paf

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Location: Outside Kidderminster Town Hall

A stunning physical theatre show mixing movement, aerial, acrobatics, theatre and Russian swing on a brand new spinning stage. https://vimeo.com/143946667 Three travelers arrive with an irresistible invitation to a giant puzzle, a spinning planet forged from 80 metres of steel...

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Celebrating John Bonham – Exhibition

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - Saturday, August 27, 2016

10:30 am - 5:00 pm


Location: St. Michaels Church,

Exhibition celebrating the life of John Bonham, most known for his drumming with Led Zepplin.

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3D Flying Carpet

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - Thursday, August 25, 2016

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Location: Outside the Town Hall – Kidderminstert

Weaving over Kidderminster The museum of carpet is rolling out its flying carpet by the Town Hall every Thursday in August 10-12 noon. Come fly with us when the conditions are fair. Great for selfies and instagram pictures!

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Junk Jam with Crafterie

Sunday, August 14, 2016

1:30 pm - 4:45 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall – Corn Exchange

Junk Jam workshop for Lindsey Law of Crafterie.  Got junk? Got rhythm? Come and join Lindsay and create tunes from junk! Bring cardboard, tissue boxes, crisp tubes and anything else you think might make a great noise. All other materials...

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Justin Sullivan of New Model Army comes play solo

Thursday, August 18, 2016

8:00 pm - 11:30 pm


Location: Boars Head Pub

Justin Sullivan, singer & songwriter for legendary underground cult band New Model Army plays solo at the Boars Head - Kidderminster

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Faces of Music – pencil drawings by Sid Palmer

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Location: Boars Head Gallery

Sid Palmer - Musical Icons - pencil drawing exhbition

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Musical Mayhem at the Museum of Carpet

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - Saturday, August 27, 2016

10:30 am - 4:30 pm


Location: Museum of Carpet

Visit the amazing sound and light box and experience the sounds, rhythms and patterns of the carpet industry.  Walk, dance and skip on our interactive carpet to make your own sound pattern.  From 11am – 4pm, you can also create...

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“The Song Remains The Same” – Led Zeppelin

Friday, August 12, 2016

7:45 pm - 10:45 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

  "The Song Remains The Same" - Led Zeppelin, The line forms - and ends - here for the world's greatest, most influential rock band. This mesmerising movie built around Led Zeppelin's famed '73 NYC concerts is convincing proof why....

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VALUE by PTR Williams

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Location: Kidderminster Library Gallery

VALUE An interactive installation by PTR Williams at Kidderminster Library

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The Dancing Club – a reading of new work by Caroline Jester

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

7:00 pm - 8:30 pm


Location: La Brasserie

Frank and Wynn Freeman ran The Dancing Club for over 50 years, but this wasn’t any dancing club. This was a place where magic happened and dreams came true. Join us in the space where it all happened to listen...

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Boars Head Ska Night

Saturday, August 27, 2016 - Sunday, August 28, 2016

7:00 pm - 1:00 am


Location: Boars Head Gallery

The Boars Head will be hosting a Ska night packed with a host of bands soon to be announced, first to be confirmed are "Urang Matang" all the way from Edinburgh. Get your braces out and brush of your hat it's time...

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Boars Head Documentary Screening

Sunday, August 28, 2016

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Location: The Boars Head Pub

The Boars Head Documentary screening

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The Owl & the Pussycat’s Treasury of Nonsense – Children’s Theatre

Saturday, August 20, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

Children's show by Soap Soup Theatre, a quirky interpretation of Edward Lear's Owl and the Pussycat story

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SLAP Magazine

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016


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SLAP Mag have kindly supported us with our marketing, so we'd like to give them a plug here.  If you want to find out about the arts in the area this is a pretty good place to start. We'd like...

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“Weaving Songs, Spinning Melodies”

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: The Gatsby Emporium

Join Heather and have fun with new songs specially composed with children from St Mary’s Primary School Kidderminster for the Weavers Cottages Project (www.weaverscottages.info)

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Dance Workshops – Being Frank Physical Theatre

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - Friday, August 19, 2016

10:00 am - 1:00 pm


Location: Town Hall – Corn Exchange

Being Frank will run fun, exciting, high-energy dance classes for both boys and girls that encourage participants to be creative. These 2 hour sessions will combine movements from street dance, contemporary dance and lifting and catching building strength and confidence as well as technique. The resulting piece will...

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Creating an archive

Monday, June 6, 2016 - Monday, December 19, 2016


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KAF 2016 aims to reignite your musical memories, to get you to reflect on the music and related experiences you may have had and how they have accompanied your life.  We all have our own soundtrack and gigs that we...

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General Festival Information

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - Sunday, August 28, 2016


Location: Kidderminster Town Centre

KAF 2016 will kick off on the 6th of August and run until the end of the month.  You will see lots of familiar faces doing unfamiliar things in unexpected places. Traditional choirs singing rock n roll in church yards,...

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Coffin Painting

Saturday, August 20, 2016

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Location: Outside Kidderminster Town Hall

Create a coffin fit for a rock god.

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Kidderminster Male Choir bring you Rollin’ n Tumblin’ at the Rose Theatre

Saturday, August 20, 2016

7:30 pm - 9:45 pm


Location: The Rose Theatre

The fantastic Kidderminster Male Choir is delighted to be presenting their programme of beats from the 60’s and 70’s to celebrate the unique achievements of local legend Frank Freeman.  Many notable bands from the UK and the USA made frequent...

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Craft and Makers Fair – St. Georges Church

Saturday, August 13, 2016

1:30 pm - 4:45 pm


Location: St Georges Church

Once again this beautiful church will be hosting a craft and makers fair, where you’ll be able to find high quality hand made goods, a friendly face, tea, coffee and cake. Time to grab a special gift or just treat...

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The Musical Express

Saturday, August 13, 2016


Location: Severn Valley Railway

Severn Valley Railway is working in partnership with KAF and welcoming musicians onto it trains for one day only. This Saturday your journey will have a little extra in the form of local musicians playing their hearts out for your...

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Colin Hill – Inside Frank Freemans Photography Exhibition

Monday, August 1, 2016 - Wednesday, August 31, 2016


Location: Kidderminster Library Gallery

Colin Hill’s unique collection of black & white photograph’s give us an candid insight into the legendary venue ‘Frank Freeman’s Dancing Club. Rare early pictures of many emerging rock legends who appeared at Franks. Free entry Find out more about...

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‘The Greats’ by Zennor’s Dance and Musical Theatre Academy

Sunday, August 7, 2016

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm


Location: Town Hall – Corn Exchange

Young dancers between 5 – 19 years old will be exploring the soundtracks to our lives, the biggest influences and some of the most memorable tracks with the dance styles that developed along side them.  You’ll be tapping your feet...

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The Big Friendly Read at Kidderminster Library

Saturday, June 25, 2016 - Friday, September 2, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Location: Kidderminster Library

The Big Friendly Read comes to life at Kidderminster Library during KAF

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Kiki & Henry’s Record Fair

Saturday, August 6, 2016

11:00 am - 4:00 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

Kiki & Henry's Record Fair has been an essential on any Stourbridge music fan's calendar for the past couple of years, and they're joining us in Kidderminster specially for our music-themed Arts Fest. Their knowledgeable and friendly record traders will have...

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Rollin’ ‘n’ Tumblin Chords’ with special tribute to John Bonham

Friday, August 12, 2016

7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Location: St. Michaels Church,

Kidderminster Male Choir will be presenting their programme of songs from the 60’s and 70’s with a special candle lit tribute to John Bonham (weather permitting). Let us transport you back, in this beautiful venue, with lovely acoustics, songs you...

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Bands in the Park present -The Tenbury Teme Valley Band

Sunday, August 21, 2016

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Location: Brinton Park

Bands in the Park  present; The Tenbury Teme Valley Band, bringing you the rich sound of woodwind and brass with a repertoire of classic rock, pop, and show music. Pack up a lunch and grab a blanket, soak up the Sunday...

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The Robinson Stone Brothers Celebrate the Music of Clifford T Ward

Thursday, August 11, 2016

7:00 pm - 10:30 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

The Robinson Stone Brothers sing Clifford T Ward

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Bands in the Park present – Aquarius

Sunday, August 7, 2016

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Location: Brinton Park

Live music in Brinton park with Aquarius

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Small Scale Commissions

KAF & Xpressions Small Scale Commissions

Thursday, May 19, 2016 - Friday, August 26, 2016


Location: kidderminster town centre

The Small Scale Commissions Scheme is back with thanks to the Xpressions Leisure Grant Scheme.  This is where we invite you to create an installation, happening or performance for the KAF program. There are criteria but we are open to...

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The Art of Tattoo

Sunday, August 28, 2016

10:30 am - 9:30 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

The Art of Tattoo - a boutique tattoo expo at Kidderminster Town Hall

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Festival Jams

Sunday, August 7, 2016

7:30 pm - 9:00 pm


Location: Cosy Coffee

*THIS IS THE CORRECT DATE/TIME, THE BROCHURE DATE/TIME FOR THIS EVENT IS INCORRECT* Rhubarb Rhubarb invite you to a stand up storytelling night with a twist. Inspired Kidderminster's emerging Music Heritage Trail we have some of the Towns finest young talent who will be sharing their true...

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The Fastest One Man Band in the World!

Saturday, August 6, 2016


Location: Leaving from the Town Hall

The Fastest One Man Band in the World - In 1988 Pete became the Fastest One Man Band in the World creating a never beaten record of running 100 metres in 19.75 seconds, playing 139 instruments, wearing five colours and...

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The Unlikely Pop Quiz

Saturday, August 6, 2016

7:00 pm - 10:45 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

The legendary Unlikely Pop Quiz  – There’s pop quiz’s and then there is the Unlikely Pop Quiz. This long standing sell out Brummie cult quiz comes to Kidderminster for the first time. It’s cabaret style, off the wall clues and...

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Got 2 Sing

Saturday, August 6, 2016

11:30 am - 12:15 pm


Location: Outside the Town Hall – Kidderminstert

Singing wonderful up-lifting toe-tapping songs from pop to modern Got 2 Sing are getting in the swing of our theme this year – there’s a song for everyone!  Come and see along www.got2sing.co.uk

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Rockin’ Rowland by Kate Wragg

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - Saturday, August 27, 2016


Location: Outside Kidderminster Town Hall

The Rowland Hill statue will be showing his love of music throughout KAF with an intervention by Kate Wragg

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Music in the Valley

Saturday, August 13, 2016

4:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Location: Habberley Valley Nature Reserve

Music in the Valley – If you like your music acoustic, stripped back and unplugged then this event is for you. Set in one of our most beautiful nature reserves; listen to the pick of our local musicians playing a...

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Bands in the Park present The Chicago Bytes

Sunday, August 14, 2016

2:30 pm - 4:30 pm


Location: Brinton Park

A great way to spend a Sunday, get your fill of Rhythm and Blues with Chicago Bytes at Brinton Park

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Kidfest – a family day in the park with lots of creative activities

Saturday, August 13, 2016

12:00 pm - 4:00 pm


Location: St. Georges Park

The Friends of St. Georges Park have joined forces with KAF again to bring you a unique day of family entertainment. A stones throw from the town centre you will find a lovely little park, filled with workshops, face-painters, shows and...

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Boars Head Fringe Festival

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - Sunday, August 21, 2016


Location: Worcester Street

The Fringe is back, details will be announced very soon but for now safe the date.  The Fringe always delivers with the Fearful Fingers Stage packed with two days of great music.  Best of all it's all FREE! Sid, Sandra and...

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‘Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dreamcoat’ Performed by Wheely Different Company, an amateur production in arrangement with The Really Useful Theatre Group

Friday, August 26, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dsreamcoat – Performed by the Wheely Different Theatre Company. An Amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd. Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber. Special permission has been granted to the Wheely Different Theatre...

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‘Joseph and his amazing Technicolor dreamcoat’ performed by Wheely Different Theatre Company, an amateur production in arrangement with The Really Useful Theatre Group

Thursday, August 25, 2016

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


Location: Kidderminster Town Hall

The Wheeley Different Cast present 'Joseph' An Amateur production by arrangement with The Really Useful Group Ltd. Lyrics by Tim Rice, Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

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Festival Programme 2016

Have a look through the programme for KAF 2016 here or below.

For more details about specific events check out what’s on in the TIMETABLE tab above by clicking on the date of the event you’re interested in.

 

 

We would like to thank our sponsors and all those donating time and energy to making KAF happen, we couldn’t do it without you…

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About us

KAF began its life in 2003 with a small grant from the Arts Council and an audience of just 2000 people.

Since then it has become the flagship project of Wyre Forest District Council's Arts and Play Development portfolio.  KAF now works with a huge range of partners, commissions new work and reaches audiences of over 100,000 people. 

KAF relies almost entirely on external funding; if you would like to help by supporting the event you can contribute through the link on our contacts page or contact us directly by email.

In 2015 Earthen Lamp conducted an Audience Evaluation and Economic Impact Study kindly funded by Worcestershire County Council's Open for Business Fund, this research will be continued in 2016.

KAF 2015 Audience & Economic Evaluation

For more information see our Business Plan, click the links below to download:

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 KAF 2016

If you'd like to have a look through the brochure for KAF 2016 click here.