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Gloucester hotting up for two festivals

By citizenmike  |  Posted: April 07, 2014

Street artist Flava at work in Cafe Rene today

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FESTIVAL fever is set to take over Gloucester.

The popular Cafe Rene music festival Rene:Gade returns on May 3 and 4 to the Southgate Street venue for the fifth time.

Street art, house music, live bands and a chilli-eating competition will combine this year.

This week street artists including Flava and Trix have been secretly creating new works of art on the walls of the cellar bar ahead of an exhibition.

Stephen Grimes, spokesman for Cafe Rene, said the response to the festival so far has been ‘overwhelming’.

Meanwhile, traders in Gloucester Docks are preparing to launch their own art and artisan market over the Easter weekend.

The three-day event at the Main Basin will run on April 19, 20 and 21 from 9am until 6pm.

Street art and reclamation crafts will be on offer, while talented Gloucestershire photographers and artists will be on hand to show off their work.

It will coincide with the Gloucester Quays Home and Garden Party – and organisers hope that many of the thousands of visitors will check out their event too.

Organiser David Purchase, owner of the Toast cafe, said: “Our traders really wanted to put on some events here in the Main Basin, in particular over the summer.

“The Quays are doing their home and garden event but we need these visitors to see other parts of Gloucester at the same time. You get so many people coming in to those events at the Quays.

“I think it is good to be a very good weekend.

“We are now pulling together a programme of other events, including the return of the flower market.”

The neighbouring Home and Garden Party will this year feature celebrities including TV and radio star Carol Klein and garden designer Joe Swift.

A Gloucester Quays spokeswoman said: “Over Easter Weekend, this fabulous event is back bigger and better than ever.

“You can enjoy live demos, wander through the fantastic market, enjoy free family activities and live music and sample the finest regional food and drink.”

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