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The Folk Educator’s Group’s Open Invite to Practitioner Development Meeting

25 Oct 2017

FEG meeting, Birmingham Hippodrome, Courtesy of EFDSS. Image by Sarah Jones

Invitation to the Folk Educators Group Practitioner Development Meeting – 13 November, Penrith

The Folk Educators Group (FEG) is a national networking group of folk arts educators from across England and beyond, run by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). The group currently has over 350 members.

The Practioner Development Meeting, this November, will be hosted by Annie Mawson at her Sunbeams Music Centre and co-chaired by Carolyn Francis, Kendal-based freelance folk arts practitioner, and FEG co-ordinator, Kerry Fletcher.

Join members and guests for a day of presentations and practical sessions and find out more about the folk artists and projects in the area. Invitations have been extended to practitioners, ACE relationship managers, bridge organisations, music education hubs, local organisations and potential partners, as the Folk Educators Group are keen to make connections with the wider arts world and to let guests know about the work they are doing. The membership encompasses all forms of the folk arts with usually between 30 – 40 members and guests attending, promising provoking, informative and enjoyable discussion.

Highlights include Annie Mawson’s talk on making music with disabled children and adults; Lisa Heywood and Priya Sundar’s cross-cultural dance performance and education workshop project, with Cotswold Morris and Bharatanatyam Indian dance; and Rachel Elliott, on education work across the country, including the Dance Development programme. There will be practical music making and dancing, as well as the chance for more in-depth discussions and sharing of ideas about creating high-quality projects.

For more info and to book your free place, contact Kerry Fletcher, Folk Educators Group Co-ordinator, on folkeducators@efdss.org.