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Monday, 1 June 2009

Wessex Folk Festival 5th - 7th June 2009

On Saturday 6th June 2009, icons of the folk world Martin Carthy and Norma Waterson will be coming to Weymouth to headline the Wessex Folk Festival 2009.

This will be the fourth year that this free folk music festival has taken place against the glorious backdrop of Weymouth Old Harbour and Hope Square. As well as music, Folk Dancers and Morris Dancers will be performing throughout the town, From traditional whites with bells to weird and wonderful, the highly dramatic and colourful!

Judging from the success of Wessex Folk Festival 2008, the whole Weymouth weekend will be a “not to be missed occasion”! It's a great fun day for all the family.

Folk Dance Teams

Saturday 6 June 2009

Beetlecrushers
Mr. Wilkins' Shilling
Frome Valley Morris
Lodestone Morris
Dr. Turberville's
Mayflower Morris
Alton Morris
Pigsty Morris
Hobos

Sunday 7 June 2009

Beetlecrushers
Mr. Wilkins' Shilling
Frome Valley Morris
Lodestone Morris
Dr. Turberville's
Sarum Morris
Dorset Buttons
Stampede (Appalachian)
No Mean Feet (Appalachian)
Boghoppers and Bushbeaters

Further program details can be found on the website www.wessexfolkfestival.co.uk

The Museum of British Folklore

Fascinated by the history of British Folk customs and traditions, designer and artist Simon Costin is planning to open The Museum of British Folklore. He has just started his fund raising activities by recently purchasing a vintage 1976 Castleton caravan. Simon is currently looking for premises in which to bring together a wide-ranging collection of objects and artifacts from all around Britain, and he is using the caravan as a travelling preview of his ambitious project. He will be touring this year's folk festivals the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, including Weymouth's Wessex Folk Festival to raise interest in, and awareness of the project.

Here is what Simon has to say:

"I intend to establish a permanent collection and national exhibition centre that celebrates and promotes the Folk Culture of the British Isles. In 2008, I actively met curators, small museum directors and archivists responsible for existing folk collections throughout the country. My research also bought me into contact with the Charity Commission, several fundraising consultants and individual practitioners, writers and musicians, so as to gain a fuller understanding of what might be involved in the programming and day-to-day operation of a small museum. I have drawn up a number of diverse policies and agendas, which would affect the operation of such an institution, ranging from Health and Safety issues to Child Protection, Equal Opportunities to Financial Management Control in addition to the crucial Mission Statement for the museum. The year 2009 marks an exciting stage in the progress toward the opening of the museum. At the present time, it would appear that the museum would operate as a Community Interest Company. Fundraising will begin in earnest in April of this year, as I take to the roads of Britain in a converted 1976 Castleton caravan, adapted specially to be a traveling Folk Museum in miniature. A taste of what is to come. I shall be touring the country to attend Folk festivals and events countrywide to raise awareness for the project. During my travels, I will compile a mailing list, discover what visitors to the caravan could donate to the collection, share their oral histories and experiences, and generally promote the future museum via coverage in local and national newspapers, television and radio. A full itinerary of the tour will be posted in the news section of the website, and will be updated as I progress around the country. Reports from each event will be posted on the website's journal in due course."

Keep an eye out for the touring Museum of British Folklore Caravan at the following festivals:

Wessex Folk Festival, Weymouth, Dorset: 5th-6th June
Leigh Folk Festival, Essex: 24th-25th June
Crawley Folk Festival, West Sussex: 26th-28th June
Hebridean Celtic Festival: 15th-16th July
Festival on the Edge, Shropshire: 18th-19th July
Cambridge Folk Festival: 31st July- 3rd August
Broadstairs Folk Festival, Kent: 9th-12th August
Green Man Festival, Glanusk, Wales: 21st-23rd August
Towersley Festival, Oxfordshire: 27th-31st August

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