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West Dean Festival 2012

Starts: 24th Aug 2011

The West Dean Festival 2011 was a success! It was a mellow festival for all ages, a true celebration in the company of old friends and new; a festival at which people can come together to share their love of music, performance, storytelling and making.


Start Date

24th Aug 2011

End Date

27th Aug 2012


West Dean Festival, West Dean College and Gardens, Near Chichester, West Sussex


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This family-friendly festival is a cross-generational celebration of the best in music, performance, storytelling and creative making. Details of 2011 are:

MUSIC - Acts are currently being programmed and will feature a variety of music genres including Acoustic, Folk, Rock n Roll, Swing, Boogie Woogie, Ska, Reggae and Classical.

Amplified music in the main tent will be played until 11.30pm with acoustic music until the early hours in the late night café bar.

CREATIVE MAKING - Throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to participate in a variety of creative making workshops under the direction of Alison Baxter, Head of Short Courses at West Dean.

The sessions will be run by leading craft practitioners whose own work will inspire and enthral all. (All materials included in the Festival ticket price).

The three making areas are: Textiles, Art & Word and 3D Making.

Workshops are still being planned, but so far they have scheduled:

In the Textile Tent
Fabric and Button Bracelets with Marilyn Phipps
Making Beads from Beads with Marilyn Phipps
Screenprinting Clothes with Jane Sampson
Making Skirts from Scarves with Maria Pulley
Frumpy to Funky: Pencil Skirts with Maria Pulley
Free Machine Embroidery with Maria Pulley

In the Art & Word Tent
Lino Printmaking with Dale Devereux Barker
Learn to Draw with John Freeman
The Nature of Seeing: a drawing workshop with Cliff Wright

In the 3D Making Tent
Kite Making with Pauline Taylor
Bead Bracelets with Sara Withers

In the College workshops
Make a Silver Ring with Sarah Macrae
Fruity Lips Woodcarving with Peter Clothier

PERFORMANCE - Poets, Comedians, Magicians and Musicians will be performing around the site throughout the weekend.

WRITING - Greg Mosse, who runs West Dean College’s full-time MA Creative Writing, will be drawing on his vast contact list of inspirational writers to run workshops for adults and children.

FILM - Chichester’s famous art house cinema, Chichester Cinema at New Park, will be celebrating their 20th International Film Festival in August and September. Their artistic director, Roger Gibson, will be selecting highlights from their film festival to play at the West Dean Festival.

CHILDRENS AREA - An exciting and family friendly place to delight and engage the focused attention of children and teenagers. We’ll keep them occupied and inspired throughout the weekend.


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