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Camberley International Festival kicks off on Wed 20 June - and with a brochure that's stuffed full of fab events, we've plucked out 10 of the best.

Who says you have to head to Edinburgh – or even London – for a brilliant arts festival? Camberley International Festival returns to Camberley for a third year – from Wed 20 June – bringing four days of live music, film, comedy, drama, literature and food. Get a load of this lot!

1. CIF Launch party  

Kodiak Island

WHEN: Wednesday 20 June
WHERE: The Carpenters Arms, Park Street
What better way to start a festival then by attending the launch party? Two brilliant bands – Kodiak Island and The Mysteries – kick start the whole event, free to attend! 7.30pm

2. Film and Animation Masterclasses  

WHEN: Thursday 21 June
WHERE: Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road
Come and join in the fun, whether you are a student wanting to get some great tips on how to progress in the modern film and animation industry or if you have an interest in films and would like a chance to see work by up and coming directors and animators. 6- 8pm Free to attend

3. Joe England and John King, with music by Will Whisson

Will Whisson

WHEN: Thursday 21 June
WHERE: The Cabin, London Road
Local author, Joe England in conversation with author of six novels, including John King who wrote The Football Factory. Acoustic music provided by the wonderful Will Whisson. Free to attend. 7.30pm

4. The Short Film and Animation Awards

Juliet Aubrey

 WHEN: Thursday 21 June
WHERE: Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road
Sit back and enjoy the best International, UK and local short films and animations. The 10 shortlisted films will be shown (all 10 minutes or under), the winners announced and BAFTA Award winning actress, Juliet Aubrey will present the winners with their trophies. In the main auditorium at Camberley Theatre. The bar will be open during the evening. Free 8pm

5. Comedy with Mark Simmons and Matt Rees

WHEN: Friday 22 June
WHERE: The Cabin, London Road
Fancy a laugh? Check out this comedy with two hilarious comedians. Mark Simmons and Matt Rees who between them have supported Joe Lycett, Rob Beckett and Rob Brydon on tour. The Scotsman declared them ‘absolutely hilarious. See for yourself.
 Free 7pm

6. Jack Mason

WHEN: Friday 22 June
WHERE: The Carpenters Arms, Park Street.
Last seen reaching the Judges Houses on X Factor – now playing as part of the C.I.F. for free! This boy has talent peeps. 7.30pm

7. The Unthanks

WHEN: Friday 22 June
WHERE: Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road  
OK, so we’re being a bit cheeky putting this event in here as it sold out a while ago! If you are lucky enough to have tickets though, you can feel smug because this one is certainly one of the top 10 CIF events!

8. Script Reading

Brightlight Theatre Company

WHEN: Saturday 23 June
WHERE: upstairs studio, Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road
Fancy having a go at drama without having to learn any lines? Two new plays will be read straight from script. Just turn up and say you’d like a part! Free 7.30pm

9. Camberley Carnival

WHEN: Saturday 23 June
WHERE: from the Borough Council offices to the London Road Recreation Ground
Join the parade which will leave the Borough Council offices on Knoll Road at 12 noon on a route that includes the High Street and Pembroke Broadway before concluding at London Road Recreation Ground (behind The Arena) where there will be an afternoon of free fantastic entertainment including live music, a bar (served from a converted horse box!), Indian Circus, workshops, plenty of stalls, retro computer games, bouncy castle and tons of fun for the whole family! 

10.The Great British Take Off’

WHEN: Saturday 23 June
WHERE: Camberley Theatre, Knoll Road
Comedian and impressionist Jon Culshaw and legendary comedy producer Bill Dare come to Camberley following their sell-out tour last year. With a few surprises for the general public of the town thrown in for good measure, The Great British Take Off is topical, satirical, anecdotal and highly entertaining; it’s never the same show twice. 7.30pm, tickets from camberleytheatre.co.uk

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