Drum and Bell Tower Brent Morton (left) and Blocktreat Brandon Hoffman (right) performing here with Lexi Marie (centre) at Arts on the Fly earlier in July are among performers heading to the ArtsWells festival to perform this weekend.

Drum and Bell Tower Brent Morton (left) and Blocktreat Brandon Hoffman (right) performing here with Lexi Marie (centre) at Arts on the Fly earlier in July are among performers heading to the ArtsWells festival to perform this weekend.

One Minute Play Festival a fun part of ArtsWells

The 17th Annual International One Minute Play Festival is one of the highlights of ArtsWells.

The 17th Annual International One Minute Play Festival is one of the highlights of the ArtsWells Festival of All Things Art this weekend in Wells.

All are welcome to enter this perennial favourite festival event, as long as your performance is one minute or less! Hosted by Paul Crawford, the man with “Prizes, Prizes, Prizes!” all participants perform their piece in front of the audience and a panel of celebrity judges.

Sign up at the Island Mountain Arts Gallery or enter at the event.

You can also enter in the category of One Minute Excuses as to why you can’t enter a play. The subject matter and manner of the play or excuse itself is entirely open to personal interpretation.

The ArtsWells Festival Of All Things Art runs Friday, July 31 to Monday Aug.3  featuring more than 100 musical performances on 12 stages including folk, hip-hop, electronic, world, pop, roots, jazz, country, funk. There will also be more than 20 different workshops to learn everything from Ukrainian dance to lyric writing to clowning and so much more.

Activities for kids including a crafting station, a children’s stage and workshops geared towards children.

•Screenings of independent films as well as local theatre productions.

•The 14th International One Minute Play Festival

•A host of inter-genre literary performances and workshops including: storytelling/writing, poetry, and the unexpected

•A visual ArtWalk around the town of Wells.

•Artisans selling their wares


•Discounts to local attractions like Barkerville Historic Town — where you can catch more ArtsWells musical acts just eight kilometres down the road.

Wells has always been a town vibrant of arts and culture.

In the 1930s, musical acts were enjoyed in the very same Wells Community Hall where many of this year’s shows and exhibitions are being held.

Artists have travelled from across the country to this little mountain town to be part of this inspiring collaboration! This is a four-day outdoor and indoor event designed with community in mind.

Organizers invite visitors to enjoy the weekend taking in all the great artists, the local flavour of nature trails, historical sites, artisans, and friendly folk! Visit www.artswells.com for details and ticket information.


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