Broadstairs Folk Week began as a celebration of English traditional dance – and there will be lots of opportunities to keep dancing at the festival in 2019.
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 2019 will be no exception.
In 2019, the special Country Dancers’ programme of workshops and dances will once again be created by Dance Director, Madeleine Smith and take place in the marvellous St.Peter’s Church Hall, a ten minute walk from the Festival Campsite. Madeleine will be joined by callers Sibby and Rheinwen Davies and with music from Dampier’s Round, Narrowlift and Harewood – Anne Skinner. The full programme will be available in the Souvenir Programme, published in mid-June. You can buy one by clicking on the button at the top of this page.
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. Dance workshops in 2019 include Medieval, Russian, Samba, Appalachian clog and Zulu traditional. Ceilidh bands include Banter, Swing the Bridge, Aardvark, Reel Jam, Triality, Hot Rats, Hill Top Ceilidh and Narrowlift.
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 10th 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.