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Speakeasy pops-up at Cheshire Festival

Amongst the eclectic mix of funk, soul, acoustic, choir, blues, embroidery and art of the 12th Audlem Music & Arts Festival, was a "Pop-Up 1920s Speakeasy".

The monochrome décor set the scene along with images of the period, props and an original flapper dress from the "roaring twenties" displayed.

Over the three days, stunning, jazz vocalist Bexi Owen was the bar's resident songstress singing the work of composers like Gershwin and artists such as Ella Fitzgerald.

Charleston lessons were a highlight of the event, as Neil & Ellie of 1920s ballroom "The Academy Buckley" taught the steps as well as provided energetic crowd-pleasing demonstrations. Local reflexologist Kate Goodwin was amongst those that joined in with the classes; "absolutely fantastic and very well instructed".

For the younger visitors The Academy for Performing Arts, Betley, showcased routines from Bugsy Malone and offered workshops to learn the apt closing number from the show; "Fat Sam's Grand Slam Speakeasy"!

Visitors could also engage in more relaxing "jazz era" inspired activities including flapper head dress making, explore the "pop-up" museum, listen to a live gramophone medley and partake in the 1920s quiz. Fads of the decade that were not reproduced however were Goldfish Swallowing & flagpole sitting!

Behind this new addition to the festival was locally based, award winning, vintage events & authentic prop hire business "Happy Heritage" From Mad Men inspired Hen parties to quintessential Afternoon Tea and croquet on the lawn, Happy Heritage brings new life to authentic props, with over 650 pieces that span 100 years of vintage. Transporting guests back in time through true to the period sights, smells, sounds and activities.

Happy Heritage is run by Laura Jackson-Woods, based in South Cheshire. Happy Heritage has worked with clients including; Macdonald New Blossoms, Marie Curie Cancer Care as well as a raft of brides to be, individuals and groups, and operates nationwide. Contact to discuss your vintage inspired event & prop hire requirements. | 07708 902333

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