The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) is one of the leading folk development organisations in the UK with a history dating back to 1898.
It is multi-faceted, being
- a membership society with 4000 members;
- an advocate and lobbyist;
- an arts venue (Cecil Sharp House in North London) hosting concerts, lectures, multi-media events and an array of social dances;
- an education, training and development agency providing classes and workshops for people of all ages and all abilities, and working in schools, colleges, community groups and supporting professional artists;
- a publisher and on-line shop, publishing and selling a range of books and CDs on folk dance and music;
- the custodian of the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library, an internationally renowned library and archive of the folk arts.
Through its work, the EFDSS aims to place the indigenous folk arts of England at the heart of our cultural life. Use our website to find out more and about how you can get involved.
EFDSS President: Shirley Collins
EFDSS Vice-President: Eliza Carthy