Eastbourne International
Folkdance Festival



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Programme now available.

3rd – 6th May 2019

Dear past and present Eastbourne attendees,

Having pulled together to deliver Eastbourne 2019 with a full programme of dances and workshops, the committee is busy organising the next festival for May 1st-4th 2020.

While traipsing across playing fields to get to the various venues at Eastbourne and being stuck on an estate with no nearby facilities has always been a drawback, these disadvantages were topped this year by St. Catherine's increasing their hiring fee to an unsustainable level.  We have therefore been seeking an alternative venue.

We have found a very co-operative and forward-looking school in Evesham.  They are charging us less than the combined Eastbourne venues came to, offering us better facilities and helping us to keep future ticket prices affordable.  The De Montfort School (at WR11 1DQ) is already used to renting out the whole school for weekend events.  It is only half a mile from the town centre and offers us 6 halls, all on one site!  The three main halls have wooden floors and are sizeable (similar to the main hall at St Catherine's); the other halls come in various shapes and sizes.  The committee thinks that dancing will be a joy at this venue.

See more at the new website: mayheydays.org.uk — just don't confuse the two!

We will have the use of the adjacent extensive playing fields for camping – tents and caravans.  The fields are all fenced and gated, and will be locked at night.  Additionally, there is hard standing for mobile homes and access to the school WCs and showers 24/7.  Most of the halls are equipped with in situ PA, and the school's caterers are looking to provide us with food at reasonable prices.

The Almonry Museum

Almonry Museum

Evesham is a pretty little town, set within a beautiful landscape.  We chose the area because it will be readily accessible to many of the current Eastbourne attendees, and we hope to pull in more dancers from the Midlands where there seems to be a strong folk dance presence.  There are three hotels in the town (one only a few hundred yards away) and lots of B&Bs in the surrounding villages.

The committee has already engaged key performers for 2020.  Callers Carol Ormand and Joanna Reiner, from the USA, have agreed to come, whilst, amongst others, Wild Ride, Purcell's Polyphonic Party and possibly Eloise & Co (from the USA) will be playing for us.  There will be the usual choice of workshops (including international) plus a few extra.  We are committed to creating an extremely attractive programme for 2020, and we are hoping to see many of you there; can we encourage you to help both publicise the change and swell our numbers?  Bring a friend!

We will announce further details in the coming weeks and months, and publicity material will be available for distribution shortly.


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