Archive | March, 2009

Lets talk about Hereford

30 Mar

So, what else is there to do in Hereford other than the photography festival? We want you to make the most of your visit to our fair city.

The first thing I’d like to mention, which is pertinent to our own agenda at the festival, is the Guardian’s Hay Festival just down the road from Hereford in Hay-On-Wye. This annual festival has been running for 21 years and boasts a history of fascinating speakers and activities. Each year thousands of people arrive at the Brecon Beacons National Park to make an audience for politicians, movie stars, authors, artists, filmmakers, and to listen and learn about each speaker’s influences, ideas, and life. This year, one of our featured photographers, John Bulmer is speaking to Eamonn McCabe on 27th May at 1 PM.

One of Hereford’s proudest attractions is Hereford Cathedral. The Cathedral is home to the Hereford Mappa Mundi and the Chained Library. Hereford Cathedral has a fascinating history and would be a great addition to your day in Hereford. In previous years we have used its wall as part of our festival. As our program develops, it may become part of the exhibition again. There are guided walking tours that leave from the Tourist Information Centre near the Cathedral as well.

Hereford is cider country, and is home to Bulmers Cider. Hereford’s Cider Museum is a lovely addition to a trip to the city.

For accommodation, there is the Travelodge. But if you are looking for something with more local character, there is the Castle House Hotel, the Aylestone Court Hotel or Green Dragon Hotel.

I hope you have an enjoyable time in Hereford!

Next blog: Where to eat!

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17 Mar

Blast off! This is the first entry in our new blog for the Hereford Photography Festival. It’s going to be an interesting festival this year.

First on the agenda is a well deserved retrospective of Herefordshire’s own John Bulmer. This will also feature a short film about his career as not only one of Britain’s most successful photojournalists, but also his own film making career. I look forward to bringing you more information about Bulmer and his work.

We also have the very talented Bridget Coaker joining us again to curate the show. Bridget is a photo editor at the Guardian and the Observer and also runs Troika Photos, a photographic agency she co-founded. She is working extra hard to bring an exciting program that is sure not to disappoint.

I am the official blogger: Carey Gough. I will be updating you on all the planned activities as soon as I know about them. So please watch this space for updates on the Hereford Photography Festival.