Folklore makes a welcome return on Sunday 12 June, when they’ll be bringing you the likes of rock greats The Levellers and The Charlatans who’ll be headlining a wild and diverse array of Main Stage acts. Alongside these musical greats you can also expect to see local heroes including Pirate Party Brigade, Robert J Hunter and The Little Big Band performing on the Islands Stage and Fungi Hospitality Stage. Alongside the awesome music there’s The Family Zone, made up of four distinct and equally vibrant areas: The Love Theatre Stage, Chill Zone, Creative Zone and a new addition to the Family Zone, The Bandstand Stage.
Love Theatre Stage
Ready to get physical? We hope so, as the Love Theatre Stage offers a series of energetic performances, demonstrations and workshops, firstly from Love Theatre who regularly create theatre with young people and at Folklore will be bringing their bespoke and interactive Superhero Show to Val De La Mare. What kid hasn’t dreamed of being Iron Man, Spiderman, Wonder Woman or The Hulk for a day? Well, here’s their chance! They’re joined on the Love Theatre Stage line up by the returning Kids Capoeira C.I. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that fuses dance, music, self-defence and acrobatics. In Portuguese the very word used to practice the activity is “jogar”, meaning “play”!
Dove Step Bollywood, dance workshop run by the talented Jo and Anne Dove. Dove Step offers dance lessons, workshops and performances in a varied repertoire, including Lindy Hop, Charleston and Salsa, but at Folklore they’ll be giving a crash course in the art of Bollywood dance! Make sure you save a bit in the tank, however, for the Street Angels crew who, fresh from their appearance at the Dance World Cup, will be taking participants though their paces with Street Dance workshops.
The Creative Zone
Here, kids and grownups alike will have the chance to immerse themselves in a world of Superhero-themed arts and crafts, with face painting, nail art, dressing up corner, mask decorating and much more. Learn the intricate art of stop-motion animation with Motion Studios Jersey, where kids will get a chance to storyboard and animate their very own movies using toys, models and Lego; join Street Angels, who will be teaching budding artists to create a masterpiece using spray paints, and for those with the wee-est of wee nippers, Bethesda Methodist Church join forces with Folklore to present the Toddler Zone, with soft and sensory play for the Under 5’s, and safe and comfortable baby changing and feeding areas on site and in their Ark building. We’ll also be serving up some Balloon Magic workshops, where kids of all ages can learn to twist and bend our inflatable friends into all sorts of shapes and sizes.
The Bandstand Stage
A new addition to Folklore this summer, the stage will be encouraging Jersey’s next generation of musicians, singers, storytellers and performers to watch, learn and also try their own hand at various performative mediums throughout the day. Jersey beatbox maestro Toxxix and Friends will be inviting youngsters to join them in discovering the varied, weird and wonderful ways that a voice can be manipulated to make music. They’ll also be hosting open mic sessions with the help of 2015 Jersey Battle of the Bands winner Lucas Pafitis, with a range of instruments available for people to get their first taste of performing to a live audience. Just think, you could walk into Folklore a spectator and walk out a performer! They’ve also partnered with the Jersey Festival of Words to serve up a variety of children’s yarns told in a fun, immersive and interactive way. If you fancy yourself as the next Roald Dahl or J.K Rowling, this is the place for you.
The Chill Zone
After all that music, dancing, playing and making, you’ll no doubt be in need of a healthy dose of R&R. Good thing then, that we have for you the Chill Zone. Think Mindfulness, think Yoga, think Meditation, think Massage. Think healthy juices and nourishing smoothies. In fact, don’t think at all. Just switch off, tune out and relaaaaax….