WARWICK Folk Festival gets underway today.
The hugely popular festival returns with a superb line up of folk stars from around the world until Sunday at Warwick School.
The festival is set to attract record numbers and tickets are selling extremely fast, especially for headline act The Unthanks.
This year the festival is organising a dedicated programme of workshops, performances and activities for those aged 12 to 25. Run by ‘Shooting Roots’, who specialise in running youth workshops at festivals throughout the country, the events are suitable for all abilities.
For the first time the festival is going back to its roots and staging a Thursday night ceilidh at The Court House in Warwick, home of the first Warwick Folk Festival events held back in the 1970s.
New for this year is the Kids Zone which has been moved into one space on the main stage, close to the craft fair & food stalls. A colourful festival within a festival, children can get crafty or learn circus skills and Morris dancing. Families can also enjoy special shows from festival artists and theatre companies or even create new festival traditions by joining in with the Mumming workshop and writing a unique festival play.
As always visitors can see the best national and international artists from around the globe.
Artists include MANdolinMan, Belgium’s finest mandolin quartet, Korrontzi, traditional Basque music and dancing with a modern twist, Compagnie Galouche Sword Dancers, skilled swordsmen and dancers from Belgium with their ritual sword dance – complete with wolf, award-winning Le Vent du Nord, from Quebec, Allison Lupton and her band from Canada and a delegation from the twin festival in Cork, with the first UK appearance of the Cork Singers Club – spellbinding traditional songs in both Gaelic and English, including award winning Sean Nós singer Máire Ní Chéilleachair.
Festival director Dick Dixon said: “Ticket sales are going exceptionally well and I would strongly urge those who want to attend to book their tickets now. With many superb headline acts and something for everyone, the festival promises to be a fantastic fun-filled 4 day weekend of first-class entertainment for all tastes and ages.”
Local residents can once again get a 20 per centdiscount on Friday, Saturday & Sunday day & evening tickets. Residents must have a CV34 postcode and will need proof of their address when collecting their tickets. To book online use code CV342016. A maximum of 4 tickets per household are allowed. Visitors can choose from Friday – Sunday tickets, Thursday – Sunday tickets or just visit for the day, plus under 10s go free.
Tickets can be booked online and over the phone at the Bridge House Theatre Box Office. For more information please visit www.warwickfolkfestival.co.uk