Sidmouth FolkWeek intends to form partnerships with local schools which will be the focus of a programme of activities of learning about and participation in the folk traditions of the South West. Our aim is to leave a legacy of skills in music, song and dance that will become self sustaining.
It ran from 10:00 AM, 6 December 2010 to 10:00 AM, 4 January 2011
Sidmouth FolkWeek has had for many years an extensive range of workshops for adults and children based on many aspects of the folk arts. However, these all take place during the first week in August. We are conscious that many local children will have no further opportunities to participate in folk art activities until the following festival. We feel that children who live locally should have a more consistent exposure to these and in particularly the ones which reflect our local tradition.
In an innovative step for a festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek has established a link with a local junior school and held workshops for 120 pupils earlier this year on a theme of folk song and dance. The children's work will be showcased at the 2010 festival. However, we intend for this to be the starting point for a series of activities through to the next festival and beyond. In time, we intend to establish links with all the schools in the Sid Valley which includes a secondary school.
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