Broadstairs Folk Week began as a celebration of English traditional dance – way back in 1965.
The inspiration of Folk Week was at the Folk Show in Pierremont Park and you can see some of the images in our 50th Archive gallery.
You can dance your socks off at Broadstairs Folk Week – you can take part in lots of ceilidhs and dances at the Pavilion on the Sands -or you can delve a bit deeper and plunge into a full week of traditional dance workshops and special dances organised by well-known specialist caller and dancer Madeleine Smith at the festival campsite at Charles Dickens School. Bands playing for country dancing in 2017 include Vertical Expression, Wild Ride, Double Dichotomy and Bristol Ceilidh Quartet.
Alongside the usual workshops and dances, we shall be celebrating the 100 year anniversary of the birth of Pat Shaw. So get those dancing shoes on – the dancing starts just a few paces away from your tent!
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!
Four couples arranged in a square. Square workshops usually mean American Square danced with a smooth, relaxed walk, but there will also be some English traditional squares, which are stepped.
Collected from English Villages: varied formations and steps, plus modern community dances.
Some late night ceilidhs are also held at the campsite venue, others at the Pavilion on the Sands; this lovely venue is also home to our popular lunchtime family ceilidhs, a variety of evening ceilidh and other dance events. Brush up your clogging skills, step out to some great Cajun music, enjoy a Eurodance or some cool African vibes… Still got some energy after a hard festival day? Have one last dance with our fantastic late-night line-up with everything from fancy dress to ceilidh via The Demon Barbers and Monster Ceilidh Band to Mr T and the Minions and Noble Jacks – it’s party time!
Whether they are in shows or busking around the town, come rain or shine, the Morris sides carry on regardless and the festival wouldn’t be the same without them.
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 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.
Sides invited and attending so far include:-
Alive and Kicking Clog Malden ● Allsorts Morris ● Annies Fantasies ● Bishop Gundulfs Morris ● Cornucopia ● Dead Horse & The Broomdashers ● Dealers Clog ● G&G Morris ● Hartley Morris Men & Singers ● Headcorn Morris ● Invicta Morris ● Kent Korkers & Pork Scratchin’s ● Madcap Morris ● Loose Women ● Madcap Morris ● Motley Morris ● Moulton Morris ● Offcumduns Border ● Rising Larks/Harwich ● Royal Liberty ● St Clements Clog ● Tap & Sync ● Victory Morris ● Wantsum Morris Men ● Warwick Rapper