Only for the Wildly Creative

Posted on February 13, 2011

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By: Saravanan Sugumaran

Dates for the Festival:
Port Eliot Festival, 21st – 24th July 2011

Port Eliot Festival 2011 Logo

The annual Port Eliot Festival, which has been renowned for its annual celebration of words, music, and above all self-exploration, is back with a star-studded line up that includes the ever-creative Martin Scorsese.

Now in its ninth year, the Port Eliot Festival is returning back to the spectacular grounds of the ancient Port Eliot estate in southeast Cornwall. “ We are expecting a record turnout in one of the most beautiful places in the world” said Michael Barrett one of the key organizers of the festival. Famed for its magical combination of books, food music, art, comedy, fashion, films, flowers, wildlife and water, the ‘Port Eliot Lit Fest’ is regarded as the flag bearer of unorthodox literary festivals.

Lord St Germans, who hosted the now-legendary Elephant Fayre music festival began this creative project in 2003 and has since successfully attracted writers, poets and journalists. Urging them to use their creative juices to devise imaginative and entertaining shows, the aim was to showcase a spectacle that would attract the brightest and the best from across the globe.

Attracting such a talent pool has never been a problem for organizers who have had an incredible array of performers like Diana Athill, David Mitchell, The Magic Numbers and Jamie Oliver. This year proves to be no different with appearances by Sam Bain, Jesse Armstrong, Hari Kunzru and a special cameo appearance by Martin Scorsese.

The legendary filmmaker is scheduled to present a ‘Paradiso Outdoor Cinema’ in which he has put together an amazing selection of some of his favourite films. The movies will be screened from twilight on each evening of the festival in an outdoor cinema set. “We could not have dreamt of a more illustrious programmer,” said festival co-founder Catherine St Germans who did admit that there was uncertainty about his attendance but has confirmed that he will “now attend the event.”

The selected films are:

1. Murder on the Orient Express, 1974
2. The Leopard, 1963
3. The Narrow Margin, 1952
4. The Red Shoes, 1948

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