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Saturday, 6 July, 2002, 11:56 GMT 12:56 UK
Hirst draws in festival crowds
Damien Hirst
Damien Hirst is one of the UK's most controversial artists
Conceptual artist Damien Hirst drew in the crowds at the internationally acclaimed Llangollen fringe festival on Saturday.

The controversial British artist and Turner Prize winner held art classes for children aged five to 12 on the second day of the festival which runs from 6 to 15 July.

The site of the International Musical Eisteddfod
The main Eisteddfod attracts over 6,000 people

The fringe event was set up to run concurrently with the long established Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

It aims to provide a contemporary take on music and art scenes from across the world.

Hirst is one of the best-known members of the generation of conceptual artists called Young British Artists.

He is just one of a number of artists booked to appear at events throughout the festival.

Opera singer Lesley Garrett will also appear on stage on 14 July to answer questions from the audience.

Rhys Ifans
A comedy starring Rhys Ifans will also be on show

However, the festival is not only about music, film lovers will have the opportunity to catch the premiere of Labrats - a movie filmed on location in north east Wales.

The debut feature film, by Paul Brannigan, features the voices of Rhys Ifans, Martin Clunes and Sir Norman Wisdom.

Most events will take place in the Fringe Shed - a former weaving hut in Llangollen town centre.

The unusual auditorium holds a few hundred people and the floor will be carpeted with grass turf for the duration of the event.


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