Festival in the Shire Ltd.

Festival in the Shire Ltd.

June 21, 2010 14:42 ET

Festival in the Shire: A Celebration of All Things Tolkien Inspired!

WALES, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Pavilion at Pontrhydfendigaid (known locally as 'Bont') is to host a new international conference and festival this year. Festival in the Shire is a celebration of the life and works of the author JRR Tolkien: creator of Middle Earth, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Festival in the Shire comprises of an academic conference, fan event and summer fantasy fair celebrating themes inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien. By holding three separate events this three-day festival has something to offer everyone of all interests and budgets. The conference will cater for the serious Tolkien scholars, and the fan exposition and general festival will appeal not only to general fans but also to families, children and adults of all ages.

The Conference: Tolkien literature enthusiasts will have the opportunity to delve deeper into Tolkien's work with a three-day academic conference entitled 'Welsh influences on the works of J.R.R. Tolkien'. This will feature internationally respected Tolkien experts such as Tom Shippey, Colin Duriez, John Garth, Corey Olsen, Alex Lewis, Colin Manlove and Verlyn Flieger. It will also feature experts who will present papers from universities all over the world including Dr. Dimitra Fimi from University of Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC), a specialist on Tolkien's Welsh connections and his use of the Welsh language.

The Expo: Keen collectors of Tolkien's books, collectibles and Tolkien inspired art will be delighted at the fan exhibition aspect of the festival. There will be pieces from private collections, but fans are also invited to bring their own prized Tolkien items to share with fellow fans. If the item is used in the exhibition, they get their general entrance for free! (This needs to be arranged in advance). In addition to displaying their paintings, some of the more famous Tolkien inspired and fantasy artists will be present and attendees will have the opportunity to meet them, discuss their work as well as have prints and books signed. Artists exhibiting include Rodney Matthews, Paul Raymond Gregory, Roger Garland, Peter Pracownik, Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Stephen Walsh, Sue Wookey, Ivan Cavini and Jon Evans.

The Festival: For more general fantasy fans, families and anyone looking for a fun day out, the festival component of Festival in the Shire offers a daily programme of Tolkien inspired entertainment as well as a large fair with arts, crafts and local food. The entertainment will include talks, re-enactments, games, competitions, storytelling and other performance art, music and a myriad of fantasy related events. Many local and international vendors and artists will participate in the entertainment and festival. The organisers would be delighted to hear from anyone interested in taking part as we still have performance slots available. You need not be a professional.

After the enormous success of the Lord of the Rings films and with the new Hobbit film in the works, the timing seems perfect for a Tolkien inspired festival. The Festival also aim's to provide further education about all matters Tolkien inspired through its Journal- http://www.festivalintheshire.com/journal/index.html

The producers feel passionately that the first Festival in the Shire should be held in Wales. Not only does the setting seem ideal for a Tolkien event, but they also hope the surrounding communities will benefit economically.

(Please note Tolkien artist images can be used in this release as we have full permission from the artists participating. We are also happy to connect you to special speakers for interviews in connection to the festival).

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