We've been quiet here for a while, but that's not because we've run out of things to talk about, or because Bedford has stopped being a tip-top place to be; we've just been busy. But we had to break radio silence to talk about the second annual Bedford Film Festival - which takes place this weekend at The Higgins! And in particular we wanted to draw your attention to the event tomorrow morning from 9.30 - a screening of Disney's Aladdin - with super-duper creative workshop afterwards hosted by the brilliant Circus of Illustration. Book your tickets online here - perfect Saturday morning entertainment for the kids!
It's Robin William's magnificent performance as the Genie of the lamp that makes the film a better than average Disney movie, but there is also a feisty Princess, suitably evil villain and a lovable monkey sidekick - what better way to remember the much-missed Williams than watching him triumph as the irreverent, all-singing, all-dancing Genie?
There are lots of great films for the grown-ups too: don't miss the chance to see the critically acclaimed performance by Emma Watson in Palo Alto - a full three weeks ahead of general release! The closing feature on Sunday evening is a hotly-anticipated fictitious documentary 20,000 days on earth -24 hours in the life of musician and international cultural icon Nick Cave. It stars Nick Cave, Kylie Minogue and Warren Ellis. The screening is at 8.30pm - but come along to the drinks reception in the courtyard of The Higgins from 7pm to celebrate the final screening of the festival - mayor Dave Hodgson will be coming along to say a few words.
The Bedford Film Festival gang will be the first people to use brand shiny new permanent cinema facilities which have been installed by Bedford Borough Council and include a projector platform and window for anyone wanting to screen films at the venue. This is really exciting for all film fans in Bedford: the Higgins is a great venue, and we look forward to many more cinematic events there.
And our big news is that a NEW, IMPROVED AND VERY FANCY website is on the way - very soon. More blogs, more news, more brilliant illustrations of coffee cups. We'll be making a big old fuss about that in a couple of weeks on social media, so keep watching the Facebook page and Twitter feed. (Not constantly, obviously, We don't want to be responsible for any square eyes, missed social events or burnt-out batteries.)
Thanks to everyone who has ever read this blog, shared it, written a guest post or just laughed at one of our poorer jokes. See you over at the new online HQ very soon.
Best wishes and biscuits, the Kiosk at the Park team. xx