the workshops

published: Fri 14th Oct 2011

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The Wychwood festival has a big workshop area offering performances, activities, cabaret, comedy, seminars, entertainment, and workshops for all ages. Some sessions are just for kids, and some for adults only, but at many anyone is welcome. There is no need to sign up for workshops, but some are very popular, and it is best to turn up early.There is a workshop reception tent at the entrance to the workshop area, which provides more information.

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The dance workshop tent, offering street dance, samba, Arabic groove, Persian dance, Breakdancing, DJ workshops, Tango, Copiera, Ceildh dance, and Bhangra for tots.

Providing a programme of mainly musical workshops, including singing, beat boxing, a Musiclab showcase with an open mic, drum circles,traditional local 'Glosfolk' workshop. In the evening New Internationalist/Hammer And Tongue took over the Sycamore tent offering their own entertainment.

A mixed programme provided by Non-Government Organizations including poetry, yoga for kids, seminars by War On Want and Friends Of The Earth, puppet performances, positive food psychology, and adult spinning (poi and staffs) lessons.

Hawthorn - The Little Arts Centre
Housing a gallery, and The Little Arts centre was a new area in 2008 which offered a varied programme of events with a cafe which ran until the hours. Folk instrument workshops, artist networking sessions, battle of the bands, flame cabaret, acostic sessions, storytelling, and slapstick humour.

The craft and making tent, which produces a wealth of objects from craft materials, much of the children's work is then displayed at the Sunday afternoon children's parade. From murals, mosaics, recycled crafts, to mack making, juggling balls, kites, clay, and stained glass, there's loads of things for children (and adults) to make.

Meadow/Meadow Stage
The open area around the workshops, has covered areas, seating, a few stalls, and is buzzing with activities including Yoga, Tai Chi, aerobics, exercise, dancing, sports activities, circus skills, trapeze (not easy!), willow sculpture, roaming puppets, comedy performances, walkabout poetry, balloon modelling, and sculpture. The Meadow also had the Roald Dahl museum offering great storytelling all weekend, a folk hut full of stories for kids, a little library for children under 7, and The Little Green Live Roadshow providing environmental activities for kids.

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