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Hillingdon celebrates arts, culture and literature

News release: 29/10/18 - Music, dancing and crafts from around the world were celebrated at this year's Culture Bite.

Culture Bite 2018

News release: 29 October 2018

More than 1,400 people attended Hillingdon Council's arts, culture and literature festival throughout September and October, with 90 unique events held across the borough.

Visitors flocked to meet famous authors including Adele Parks, Mark Billingham and Ann Cleeves as they hosted special evenings to discuss their best selling books.

Tracy Borman, historian, writer and TV presenter, discussed her new novel at the Battle of Britain Bunker and Exhibition Centre, and residents celebrated National Poetry Day with English poet Wendy Cope OBE.

A range of cultural days celebrated music, dancing and crafts from around the world, and families enjoyed free activities during half-term such as origami, drama games and storytelling sessions from award-winning children's authors.

Festival highlights also included Indian classical painting, history talks, film screenings and popular talks on local witchcraft. 

Patricia Bond, aged 70 from Hillingdon and Gale Herald, aged 50 from Uxbridge, joined in the free Art as Therapy sessions to learn new art skills. They said: "This year's Culture Bite festival has been really interesting. It's allowed us to visit Hillingdon's libraries more, and discover local activities and authors we were both unaware of."

The festival ended in style, with a Grand Finale featuring the Stardust Big Band, and a speech from The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Morgan at the Great Barn in Ruislip.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Hillingdon Council's Cabinet Member for Culture, Heritage and Central Services, said: "We are lucky to have such a diverse community in Hillingdon, and it was fantastic to see so many residents of all ages celebrating the borough's vibrant culture. Culture Bite is a wonderful festival that grows in popularity each year, and we hope that more residents will visit their local libraries to explore what's on offer throughout the year."

The council will be hosting a new programme of events, Christmas in Hillingdon, throughout December. Libraries across the borough will offer an array of free festive family activities including Christmas craft workshops, Santa's Grotto, film screenings and Christmas carols. 

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