Children and young people from over 20 Portsmouth schools are coming together to play music and dance together at six ceilidhs next week thanks to funding from Portsmouth Music Hub. The annual ceilidhs are well established but there’s a new dimension this year, with musicians as young as 8 years old joining Southampton based Jigfoot to play for the dancing.
Southampton Folk Orchestra join with the Blue Sky Choir in a fundraising concert which will benefit Amnesty International’s Refugee Campaign, the CLEAR charity and Southampton and Winchester Visitors Group.
Come along this Tuesday June 20th at 7:30 p.m to Christ Church, Freemantle, Waterloo Road Southampton SO15 3BT map
Entry £5 on the door.
FolkActive are delighted to be part of this year’s New Forest Arts Festival this June! We’ll be teaching and performing at Forest Arts in New Milton as part of their Heathland to Housing Exhibition which documents and celebrates Gypsy communities who have lived for centuries within the New Forest.
Saturday June 10th is a FREE Family Day, Celebrate and Create at which we’ll be running family friendly stepping workshops.
On Thursday June 15th we’ll be part of a performance of “The Hither Side of the Hedge” celebrating the work of Alice Gillington who lived alongside Gypsy families in the New Forest 100 years ago. This follows a rare opportunity to see Romany storyteller Peter Ingram in a one-man show “An Hour of Merriment and Mirth”.
FolkActive will have a stand in Southampton’s West Quay shopping Centre as part of the city’s Dementia Awareness Day on Thursday May 18th. Come along and find out about our Active Ageing sessions. We believe music and dance are real tonics whatever your age! Click here to download our Active Ageing leaflet.
It’s a busy month for members of Southampton Folk Orchestra! As well as playing for the Winter Warmer Dance on Saturday Jan 14th they are also playing for the monthly FolkActive Dance in Freemantle alongside members of Jigfoot. Come along this Wednesday from 1:30 to 3:30. for some great dancing to wonderful music!
If ever we needed proof of the power of music to motivate and energise we found it when a lovely teenager slid out of her wheelchair to join in with some stepping at the end of the wheelchair ceilidh.
Thank you to the amazing staff at the school and to Portsmouth Music Hub for the funding.
This week will see the culmination of three city-wide folk music and dance projects involving 28 primary schools in Portsmouth over the last 12 months, when over 500 children from these schools get together to dance at six ceilidhs. Arts Council funding enabled Portsmouth Music Hub to commission FolkActive to take folk musicians into 12 schools to perform and to play for folk dance workshops over the last four weeks. Over 800 children have benefited directly from these workshops since September. This project builds on two earlier folk music and dance projects which had already reached another 700 youngsters in Portsmouth primary schools. The city is certainly reconnecting with traditional culture!
It’s the end of FolkActive’s year on the Hampshire School for Social Entrepreneurs start up programme. October 6th is Graduation day, an opportunity to celebrate the vision and energy behind the amazing projects which have been taking shape and developing with the support of the SSE, all of which will be making a real difference to peoples lives in the future.
At FolkActive we’ve used the time, the business training and the funding to focus on developing activities to use in the future with frail older adults. We’ve been piloting sessions with dementia support groups over the last few months, as well as exploring the potential for using Music in Health Care settings locally. It’s also been an opportunity to reflect on the company’s social impact and how the different areas of our work can consolidate and connect. Watch this space: plans are afoot!