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    Date

    May 10 - 12 2024

    Time

    5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

    We Weave the Woods Weekend

    Join us in this glorious woodland site for a full weekend of music, making, and performance inspired by the woods and trees. 

    Find us at Beechenhurst, Speech House Road, Coleford, GL16 7EJ

    • Friday 10 May, 5.30pm-9pm
    • Saturday 11 May 11am-9pm
    • Sunday 12 May 11am-5pm

    FREE and suitable for all ages. Just bring your playful selves and a sense of adventure.

    A gathering in the glade as you’ve never seen it before…

     

    The weekend features:

    Friday Night Picnic Feast: The last of our birthday feasts. Come lay down a blanket, pull out a feast and settle into an evening of music, playful shows and be the first to experience our amazing installation.

    Artists AndNow/ANawr presents Connect/Cysylltu: Throughout the weekend this unique site-specific piece will invite you to explore, imagine and experience. Inspired by the festival theme The Earth Beneath our Feet, this pieces explores our tangled relationship to the natural world, our links to networks both human and mycelial and our human need to gather and celebrate.

    The Samovar: Welcome back from our 2016 festival, the ‘Samovar of Stories’ is an opportunity to gather and gossip, a tea party around our giant copper tea Samovar, for conversations about the Earth Beneath Our Feet over a cuppa.

    Warning Notes Immerse yourself in a captivating sound world and ever changing outdoor live performance.

    The Underneath A fungi-inspired multimedia installation made by Youth Landscapers Collective, a youth arts collective based in the National Forest in Leicestershire.

    Come and meet The Composter 

    Performances by The Rumblers, festival band the Wodwose and more.

    Workshops

    In the WVRF tradition there will be plenty of opportunities to get involved so roll up your sleeves and have a go with various free drop-in workshops including weaving, woodworking, singing and dance.

    All workshops are FREE, suitable for all, and no need to book. Check out the notice boards on the day for exact timings.

    Weaving Workshops: join our forest weavers to add to our installation, or to make something to take home.

    Woodworking workshops led by Forest Community Shed: try your hand at carving, making a trowel or using the pole lathe. Suitable for all abilities but children will need to be supervised by an adult at all times. 

    Dance of the Diaspora: A part of our ongoing partnership with Diverse Artists Network, a mass dance piece to join in! (Saturday only)

    Wye Woodland Song: Join Priscilla Andersohn for a singing workshop. No previous experience needed, just willingness, playfulness and an open heart. 

    Take a Walkshop creative adventure through the woods on Sunday only (walks leaving from the Samovar at 10am and 2pm) with our Creative Community Champion Katie Hanning