Eastbourne International Folkdance Festival 2018

New for 2018

2018 New Festival Callers Showcase

Eastbourne Festival believes that is is important to attract new callers to the festival circuit, so each year experienced club callers who have not called at a festival before are offered the opportunity to call in the main hall at St Catherines with one of our top *bands and festival dancers.
The callers prepare 6-8 dances, including one of workshop standard, and have 30 minutes to show us what they can do. We collate feedback, and hope that we can help them progress into festival calling for EIFF and other festivals.
Please support our volunteers.

MC Mike Courthold with Mollie & Ali


Festival Sponsors

The Directors are very grateful to Beckenham FDG for their sponsorship of Sunday evening's American dance with Lisa Greenleaf and ECDB

To find out how you, or your FDC can support an evening dance or daytime workshop, please contact Maureen using This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Scarletts Dance Shoe Shop

red shoesScarletts Dancewear of Eastbourne hopes to bring shoes for you to buy on Friday evening this year. 

Brian is always very helpful, so look at the selection available on their website www.felixdancewear.co.uk or ring 01323 645547 

Many people have admired Maureen's lovely shoes in red and in gold.  She bought them from Scarletts! 
An American dancer liked them so much that she ordered some while here in the autumn and Brian posted them to her USA address by return!  How's that for service?

Tea Dance Bubbles


I am an entertainer and my greatest joy is to send people away with a big smile on their face whether I have been singing, calling dances or a mixture of both. I entered the Dance Club scene about 7 years ago after mentioning to a caller friend that I’d like more calling experience. The Dance Clubs showed me a whole new range of dance styles and I realised I had been missing out on quite a lot, so I borrowed and bought books and found lots of different dances to call. I thoroughly enjoy dancing and singing , and love working with different bands who all play different styles.  Calling at festivals will be ‘the icing on the cake’,
something I’ve dreamt of doing for a long time, and something I’m hoping I am now good enough to achieve.

Tea Dance Amy Burton

amy Burton

I enjoy calling because I like to see the dancers having a good time. I am a young caller and I'd like to become a festival caller as I can bring new ideas to the dance floor. I find pleasure in writing my own dances and seeing them be put into action. I want everyone to get involved with dancing, and have written a dance for wheelchair users.
I call: modern, (singing) squares, contras, at barn dances and local clubs. I like to be involved with the dance and dancers when I call.

Tea Dance Host John Green

John has a long connection with EIFF and has been a Director for four years. Away from the festival, he runs the Northampton ceilidhs, and we are delighted that he is hosting Sunday afternoon's Tea Dance.

Tickets in the cafe

New arrangements!
Meet your friends in the cafe from 7pm for a snack and chat when you collect your tickets.

Staff and stewards collect tickets and information packs from the stewards office as usual
Newbies collect from the Welcome reception in the chill out room at 7pm

Day tickets from the cafe on Friday evening and from the Stewards office after that.

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