Dancing is at the heart of our festival. We are planning for at least 40 dance groups including every shade of Morris dancer, and already have 30 confirmed. We also want international dance styles so if your group performs Bollywood, Bulgarian, Czech, Estonian, French, Greek, Hip Hop, Irish, Moravian, Polish, Samba, Scottish, Slovak, Turkish, Welsh, Zulu dances, or any other style, we’d love you to join us.
We’ll have at least eight beautiful riverside and historic dance venues around the town, all with covered alternatives if it rains. There will be a wooden dance floor for Appalachian, clog, step , rapper etc., dancers. In 2023 we had about 8,000 visitors so there were good audiences everywhere. You can expect four or five 45 minute dance periods during the day, each at a different place and each shared with two different partner groups. Our giant Jack in the Green will tour the dance venues so you should get a chance to dance with him.
There’s a changing room in St Margaret’s Hall in the centre of town for those that need one, and a performers’ chill out room / bag drop / cloak room in the Library for all the stuff you don’t want to carry round all day.
Stay for the weekend! Unfortunately this year we cannot offer a festival camp site but there are lots of hotels, B&Bs and camp sites locally. Click the green box for some options. We are planning a Saturday night party – watch this space.
Come down early and join our Friday evening Launch Party featuring folk-rock legends LINDISFARNE see here.