Broadstairs Folk Week began as a celebration of English traditional dance – and there’s lots of opportunities to keep dancing at the festival in 2018.
You can dance your socks off at Broadstairs Folk Week – some of the best dance and ceilidh bands in the business come to the festival and 2018 will be no exception – look out for the Relentless Ceilidh Band, the amazing Blowzabella celebrating their 40th anniversary; Blackbeard’s Tea Party and a special family Pirate ceilidh – and lots more to come.
In 2018, the special Dancers’ programme of workshops and dances that used to be held in the school hall at the campsite in previous years has been relocated and redefined. We are delighted that specialist caller and dancer Madeleine Smith will be creating this very special part of Folk Week. These include:
Longways dances in the American style, usually fast and done with a relaxed and smooth walk.
17th and 18th century English country dances, or modern dances in the old styles. Lots of formations and steps, musical styles and rhythms. Think Jane Austen!
American Square danced with a smooth, relaxed walk, but there will also be some English traditional squares, which are stepped
Traditional Dances – Collected from English Villages: varied formations and steps, plus modern community dances.
The Dancers’ programme will begin on Saturday 11th August at the new location of St.Peter’s Church Hall, which is a ten minute walk from the new festival campsite. The programme continues here until Tuesday 14th August at 5pm and then rounding off with an evening in the Pavilion on the Sands. More details will be forthcoming – and have a look at the new Dancers’ Ticket just for this 4 day programme on our Tickets page – lots of good things in one package!
The Late night ceilidhs and dances are held at the Pavilion on the Sands; this lovely venue is also home to our popular lunchtime family ceilidh and dance and music workshops. Look out for updates on the website for more news on invited dance bands.
Folk Week would not be the same without Morris sides – possibly slightly quieter, but whether they are in shows or busking around the town, come rain or shine, the Morris sides carry on regardless.
If you are a morris side who is keen to perform at Folk Week – please do get in touch as soon as possible. Morris sides work hard but also have a lot of fun at the festival.
On Saturday 11th August, there’s the exciting BIG PARADE – a spectacle of sound and colour as musicians, dancers, and a host of colourful characters that leaves from Pierrremont Hall at 5.30pm and progresses down the High Street,along the seafront to the Bandstand where many of the sides dance in the Bandstand Show.