The Festival’s Saturday afternoon and evening in the Park – full of activity and entertainment including the Gala Concert, the Saturday Folk Festival at The Abbey Stage and our new for this year Family Day attractions with Children’s World! All this is free to the public.
This year all the action revolves around four areas: The Abbey Stage Marquee for a superb range of folk and acoustic music going on well into the night with the jigs and reels of FolkLaw, the Saturday Community Stage on the higher level of The Park (the big striped marquee) and of course the Top Stage Marquee for the evening Gala Concert with The Keynsham Orchestra at 7.30pm, and Children’s World performers on both the Community Stage, the Top Stage, and in various other places in The Park.
Folk and Acoustic performers will be playing all afternoon and late into the evening on the Abbey Stage, which will this year rely on your kind donations – look out for some big local names and quality music, and later on, dancing with FolkLaw. Once again we are indebted to Bristol’s Jelli Records for managing the Abbey Stage folk performances.
Children’s World: This year the Music Festival is launching a new Family Festival to run alongside the other activities of our traditional Festival Saturday. Our focus has been to develop an afternoon of fun and entertainment that the whole family can enjoy together.
We have teamed up with Children’s World Charity who work closely with the organisers of the Circus & Theatre field at Glastonbury Festival and we hope to help raise much needed funds for their charity work. Started by Arabella Churchill, the granddaughter of Sir Winston Churchill, the charity focuses on enriching the lives of children, particularly those with special needs, or those who are socially disadvantaged – both in schools and through workshops.
Children’s World believes strongly that when children are having fun and enjoying themselves, they are far more open to educational learning, creativity and the better aspects of their nature which we wish to cherish and nurture. As a result of this new partnership we have been able to attract eight world-renowned performance acts and other family activities. Expect to see international street performers, entertainers and family activity workshops, such as clay modelling, hula hoop and circus skills.
Among the acts, coming all the way from Australia, Rhys the Trickster will be performing his unique comedy/circus act having just performed at Glastonbury and before he takes his show to the Edinburgh Fringe. Look out for juggling with fire and a chainsaw!
See below for full details of attractions and workshops.
There will also be a BMX Show with international athletes, a climbing wall, trapeze demonstrations by Circomedia plus, Keynsham resident and artist Linn Broden performing My House – a story told using mime and acrobatic skills inside a house installation.