Bringing the people of Cambridge over ten hours of live music, film, arts and crafts on Midsummer Common. Strawberry Fair has become an integral part of the festival calendar over the last 30 years, and is set on a lovely site (strictly no camping though!) by the river in the centre of Cambridge. In 2013 the FREE event will take place on Saturday 1st June.
Central to the fair is the Village Green, featuring an open air arena with a range of displays reminiscent of community celebrations from a by-gone age (but all done in a Strawberry style). The Village Green will kick off by welcoming the Strawberry parade back from its tour of the town. There will battle re-enactments in full regalia and some classic TV with It's a Knockout inspired antics. The Cambridge Community Circus will show you a trick or two, plus a Fancy Dress Pageant and a fire finale to round of the day.
The committee is looking at expanding both the Circus and Kids areas.
Line-upThe line-up will be published in the official programme, which is available from the Info Stands, during the day. There are two Info Stands, one by the Four Lamps, where the footpaths meet, near Maids Causeway. The other is by the Green Area, not far from the Fort St. George public house.
Cambridge Band CompetitionThe Strawberry Fair Cambridge Band Competition is open for local unsigned musicians from all local towns and villages within 30 miles of Midsummer Common. At the competition heats, to be held throughout the month of March, bands and solo artists will battle it out live in front of an audience of industry professionals and music-lovers. The prizes on offer are opportunities to play at major local festivals such as Lodestar, Big Day Out and Strawberry Fair and a packet of recording and promotional support to help them launch their musical careers. Entries are open to bands, soloists and duos of all genres - from urban to folk, from opera to indie and everything in between as long as all material is the performers' own original composition. Details of how to enter and the entry form are at www.strawberry-fair.org.uk. Only electronic entries will be accepted. All entries must be in by 5pm on Friday 8 February 2013.
The demos will be heard by a listening panel who will select those acts to go forward to the heats in March.
EntertainmentThe events has an area for kids, a Green area and the Wigwam Stage. The Acoustic Bar will feature comedy, cabaret, folk and acoustic performances. The 'Steam Punk Town' music area is expected to return, and the central Village Green, open air arena offering a range of performances and displays, and of course, the obligatory beer tents with AUTHENTIC LOCAL ALE.
ParkingThere's no parking at the site. There are car parks nearby (5 to 10 minutes walk) but they can be expensive (£2-ish an hour during the day).
More infoFor more information, see the Strawberry Fair website.
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