Far more happens at the festival than just the music played on the main stages!
Festival workshops are great creative learning opportunities to both experiences and novice alike, as well as fun for onlookers.
The Hub Workshops:
Please bring along the relevant instrument or equipment if you have it with you and please arrive about 10 minutes before the advertised start time. The Hub workshops are for children or younger people only.
Songwriting Workshop with Karine Polwart
10am | Friday | Club Tent
Instrument Workshop with Nancy Kerr
10am | Saturday | Club Tent
Singing Workshop with Nick Mulvey
10am | Sunday | Club Tent
10am & 2pm, Cherry Hinton Duck Pond | 1pm & 3pm Coldham’s Common
Michelle Cain is the artist who weaves the wonderful statues in the main arena. She’ll be running workshops at Cherry Hinton that will introduce you to working with willow. Meanwhile, at Coldham’s Common, Thomas Hare will be creating a sculpture, to which everyone is invited to contribute.
11am & 5,30pm | Cherry Hinton Duck Pond
John Holder, veteran illustrator, musician and friend of the Festival, and Jim Butler, leader of the illustration course at Cambridge School of Art, will be running informal sessions where everyone is welcome to benefit from their lifetime’s experience of art teaching. Participants should bring their own materials.
10am | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Stage 2
Make sure you leave the Festival with more than just happy memories by taking the chance to learn a new skill! All the equipment you need is provided for our friendly juggling workshops, which are suitable for young and old alike.
Hobgoblin Music Present Bodhran Workshop
11.30am | Friday | Children’s Area
Hobgoblin have presented “a come and try” workshop recently and have switched between the whistle and the bodhran. This year we are going back to the Bodhran, an amazing instrument most associated with Irish music. Georgia Lewis will be leading you through the basics talking about the instrument and giving you the opportunity to try before maybe purchasing your own to take home with you.
10am | Friday, Saturday and Sunday | Children’s Area
Local creative collective Claim will be running a giant, collaborative paint by numbers and indigo dip dye vat to transform your festival wardrobe. A limited number of vintage Folk Fest t-shirts will be available to purchase and dye, otherwise BYO clean light-coloured cotton clothing to transform. Test out your creative skills and bring some colour to the festival. Everyone is invited to make their mark!
Northumbrian Pipes Workshops
11.30am | Friday & Saturday | The Flower Garden
The Northumbrian small pipes are one of the country’s most beautiful and sophisticated folk instruments. These workshops give everyone the chance to hear what they can do, to meet makers and get started with the pipes.
T’ai Chi & Healing Area
9.30am | Friday, Saturday & Sunday | Cherry Hinton & Coldham’s Common
All things therapeutic are on offer near the duck pond at Cherry Hinton and on Coldham’s Common, thanks to Mike Tabrett, Alison Warlow and their team. They will be providing T’ai Chi, positive thinking, yoga and DIY head and shoulder massage.
12pm | Thursday | Flower Garden
Carole Emery-Scott returns with the ever-popular workshop, where everyone will be collaborating to make a giant wall hanging. Theme this year is ‘What do you think of when you think of knitting?’ Most people would think of knitting needles and wool, however the challenge is to see what you can use in place of knitting needles and wool to do some knitting with. Any items used, have to be recycled and not bought specially for the event. Making a useful item would be a bonus. There you have it, let the creative juices flow and see where it takes you.
Extinction Rebellion Workshop
3pm | Sunday | Flower Garden
How did we get to where we are, and where do we go from here? Can we imagine a better future and if so, what’s the story that gets us there? Come and think about Climate Change through story-telling and hear the stories of ordinary people through different media.
We’ll provide a space and a choice of resources for you to create your own story of hope for the future. This interactive talk and workshop is delivered by Extinction Rebellion Cambridge as we look for ways to move away from the Climate and Ecological Crisis towards a new world.
Please note that this programme may be subject to alteration and the audience are not allowed to photograph or record artist performances.