Speen Festival 2011  

SpeenFest Interactive!


Creative learning and participation
SpeenFest Interactive! aims to provide a programme of fun participatory activities during and between Festivals by placing professional artists within schools and the local community and encouraging all ages to be creative. The projects relate to the main Festival events.
Come and join in the following free performances and workshops:
Arabian Midsummer Nights Project Performance
Wednesday 22 June, 2pm
Speen C of E School
Click here to see it!
Speen Festival visits Speen Fête - Speen Playing Fields
Isokan Big Sing and Play!
Allcomers drumming workshop
Friday 8 July, 7pm-8pm
Speen Marquee
Isokan Project Performance
Saturday 9 July
Fête Arena
Wild Graffiti Art Workshop
For 13-25 year olds
Saturday 9 July, 2-5pm
Speen Festival Tent
Plus more workshops during Festival Week, full details available here shortly.
This summer we are repeating our successful collaboration with our most immediately local schools. SpeenSchoolFest! concentrates in particular on forging links between schools. The children will again be faced with the challenge of decorating our marvellous village marquee for the benefit of the Speen School PTA ball whilst attempting to make music and dance simultaneously. Arabian nights is the theme of the ball, so by naming our project Midsummer Arabian Nights we attempt to trigger a loose connection with the Festival's opening show. Over a hundred children from St John's Combined School Lacey Green, Speen CofE School & Speen Pre-School will be joined by members of The Drones (off to run workshops in Glastonbury the following day), professional dancer Liz Easton and local professional artist Carolyn Sharma.
An exciting collaboration has emerged over the last few months, and this year Speen Festival visits Speen Fête. We will be engaging fabulous choreographer, dancer and musician Angie Amra Anderson to work with Speen School, Hannah Ball School and Radnage School through the School Linking Project. The schools will come together for a day of African and Caribbean dance and song in a project called Isokan (Unity), culminating in a community performance at the Speen Fête on 9 July. Angie will also be running Isokan Sing Dance and Play! on Friday 8 July between 7-8pm in the Speen Marquee on the playing fields. This is a free workshop for all ages and abilities. Just turn up and take part. Angie is one of the UK's top tutors/facilitators in African Drumming and Dance and has been a pioneering artist for over 30 years, and she's recently moved to Wycombe!
The Festival is also inviting a community artist to work with young people at the Fête to create a bit of wild graffiti for the Youth Takeover event. All between ages of 13 and 25 are encouraged to drop into the Festival tent and make their mark. And if they want to stay all afternoon, they may make quite an impact.
During the Festival in September we will be offering further workshops to support our Youth Takeover showcase and an invitation to children from local toddler groups and pre-schools to develop a 'Fairey' Glade with local sculptor and artist Jeni Fairey. Jeni is devising a magical workshop of stories, art and movement inspired by enchanted woodland. Sorry, only 4s and under allowed.
You can also find events in the main festival programme which enable you to play an active part, see: Surviving in Ridgley's Field and Echoes of Old Village Life. Finally, following our creative writing projects over the last two years, we are exploring ways to develop an Oral History project to complement and inspire Festival events in the future. More details will follow...
Please email director@speenfestival.org if you have ideas for SpeenFest Interactive! events or want to get involved as a volunteer or sponsor.