Sun, kites, music and art!
This was the second Foxhill Festival and built on the successes and learning of last year’s. It was organised at short notice by a very small team taking advantage of a CURO grant. Our partners were Arty Buddies and the Bath and NE Somerset Library Service.
It included arts and crafts and music events as well as a guided local walk. Kite making was provided as this year’s crafts element and a picnic and kite flying event replaced last year’s ‘Party in the Park’.
Last year’s mini art exhibition was succeeded this festival by a much larger exhibition in Bath Central Library Exhibition Room (the library has a footfall in excess of 40,000 per month). This exhibition has a planned continuing life in other exhibition venues.
The music element ran to the same format as last year’s successful day.
This year’s local walk was particularly useful in following a route which linked Foxhill, the MOD site/ Mulberry Park area and Combe Down.
Kite flying is an activity that spans cultures and historical eras. As a non-flying species we’re fascinated by flight and delight in making something that we can launch into the sky, watch and learn to have some control over.
There were five separate sessions of kite making all of which involved an element of kite flying on completion. These were made up of:
• two sessions at Combe Down Primary School with the first two years of the Juniors involving in total 60 children. The children test flew their kites at the end of the session in the playground. These workshops were held during the first two weeks of May.
• two family workshops during the May half term holiday. The venue for these workshops was the Foxhill Community Centre. These were very popular and attended by over 40 people. These were mainly groups of children with parents and grandparents but also some unaccompanied teenagers.
• a further kite making workshop was held during the festival weekend at St Andrew’s Church in between music events on Saturday 6th June. This was again attended by family groupings.
• a picnic and kite flying event was held on the afternoon of Sunday 7th June in Entry Hill Playing Field. This was a family event and families taking part included those from the primary school sessions, some from the half term workshops and some from the workshop held the previous day. There was a real mix of age ranges from babes in arms to grandparents.
This year the music strand included (all at the St Andrew’s Community Church on Saturday 6th June):
• a morning drumming workshop led by Justin Fellowes of Rhythm Instinct.
• a morning guitar workshop
• an evening of music performances starting with an open mic. led by Suzanna Lea (country and western artist)
• followed by performances provided by: petesavin and co. (music and self -penned songs), Untapped (blues and popular covers) Serendipity (young, cool and contemporary sounds and lyrics from Emily and Katie Seaborne) and After Lark ( playing jazz standards and original lyrics from Kait Lee (vocals) and Becky White (bass guitar))
See the separate post with news of the Art Exhibition 'Ekphrastic'