Jersey Branchage festival returns with volunteers

Branchage festival film The Branchage festival hosts films and other events in venues across the island

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Dozens of volunteers will form the backbone of a not-for-profit arts festival in Jersey in September, organisers have said.

The Branchage festival includes film, music, art, walks and events at venues and locations across the island.

The event took a two-year break but has come back with a new focus on the celebration of island life and the people who live there.

The theme is "make your own island" - and dozens will do just that.

Whether it is a team from a trust company building stands, or a musician writing a score for a horror film to be screened in the woods, people seem to be taking the concept to heart.

Branchage began in 2008, putting on films and other events in unusual venues across the island.

Branchage festival A short film festival for local filmmakers is part of the Branchage festival
Church art Live music scores and art play a large part in the festival

The programme for the September event is as varied as the people volunteering to help out.

The festival will see events such as the (former BBC) Radiophonic Workshop create a live score to 1970s French film Planete Sauvage.

There will be a number of one-off events over the four-day festival. At the Trafalgar Pub in St Aubin, poet Will Burns will chair a discussion about Karl Marx.

Drawn to the revolutionary spirit of Jersey, Marx and Engels spent a lot of time in the island in the mid-19th Century, staying at The Trafalgar pub.

In the festival's main hub, the Spiegeltent in St Brelade, Bob Stanley, founding member of the band Saint Etienne, will host a pop quiz.

There will be a screening of a documentary about the world of independent pro-wrestling, followed by a live wrestling show from the Channel Island Wrestling group.

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