Scientology Headquarters for the United Kingdom Hosts International Arts Festival

Saint Hill Manor, once home of Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, gears up for 18th annual international arts festival

Saint Hill, the headquarters for the Scientology religion in England, and home in the 1960’s to Scientology founder, L. Ron Hubbard, is about to undergo its once-yearly transformation into an international haven for the artist, with the 18th annual Saint Hill International Arts Festival opening there on Sunday the 2nd of August.

L. Ron Hubbard once wrote, “A culture is only as great as its dreams, and its dreams are dreamed by artists.” And it is the regard with which he held the artist that inspired this yearly weeklong tradition of concerts, performances, workshops and projects in which those attending stretch their creativity and polish their craft while sharing their talent with others.

This year’s festival opens with an evening of world-class performances, including concert pianist Gabriel Arnold, soprano Marion Shuster, violinists Mike Perroud and Martin Sonneveld, violist Anne-Marie Sonneveld, actor/comedians Georgina Roberts and Robbie Scandrett and dancer Barbara Lanik, with a guest performance by Hollywood actor and singer, Judy Norton, best known for her role as Mary Ellen in the Waltons.

To cap the evening, guests will be treated to a professionally staged fireworks extravaganza.

The concert begins the week of workshops, exhibitions and classes in painting, drama, singing, dance, filmmaking, photography, fashion design and sculpture, including a master class in piano. For the entire week, the grounds of Saint Hill Manor will be transformed into an art exhibition, where all those attending can display their work.

The Saint Hill International Arts Festival provides artists and potential artists with the ideal environment in which to blossom, where art is taught by people with the correct technology, without invalidation, and where one is free to perform and be appreciated,” said Festival Executive Producer, Sheila Gaiman.

For more information on L. Ron Hubbard, whose work inspired the program, visit the Scientology site. For more information about the festival please contact comm@arts-festival.org or go to www.arts-festival.org.

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~ by Louanne on July 17, 2009.

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