Preston boasts a new arts centre venue

David Upton

A brand new arts venue has opened in the centre of Preston.

Korova Arts Cafe & Bar aims to become a hub for creatives from around the North-West.

It’s on the corner of Charnley Street and St Wilfrid Street, just off Fishergate and set out as it means to continue with two live events.

KorovaKlectic was a mixture of theatre, comedy, music and poetry as acts showcase new work.

Sunday evening saw the climax of a 24-Hour Play Fest, where 24 actors, six writers and six directors, who met on the Saturday evening, then had 24 hours to create a play.

Korova is the brainchild of Preston arts organisation Project Korova and will be looking to develop the city’s local talent, as well as attracting acts from outside the city.

The venue will also feature a full programme beyond the opening weekend. It starts with Blackburn-based playwright Gemma Flannery’s play Digging Deep, directed by Chorley director Charlie Mortimer, this coming weekend.

Next Thursday will also see the launch of the venue’s new comedy night, Korova Komedy, featuring Preston-based MC John Gray and Jonathan Mayor.

Future events include the play In a Land Much Like Ours by Rob Johnston, winner of the Kings Cross Award for New Writing, and Extreme Withdrawal is Manifest from a Preston-based theatre company.

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