EFDSS Education Department
EFDSS Education’s core aims are:
To raise the profile of folk song, dance and music within education
To increase engagement with folk song, dance, music and related folk arts
To develop practice and skills in folk arts and folk arts education
EFDSS Education runs educational and participatory arts projects, classes, workshops, seminars and other events, for children, young people and adults of all ages and backgrounds.
Drawing from the diverse traditional and folk arts of England and the British Isles, our work encompasses: Song | Music | Dance | Singing Games | Storytelling | Drama | Traditions | Visual Arts
We work in schools and colleges, and informal community settings in London and other parts of England. We also support the continuing professional development of, and exchange between, artists and educators from folk and other arts backgrounds, and provide INSET for teachers and other professional staff.
All EFDSS educational activities are informed by close work with the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML), England’s premier folk arts library and archive.
EFDSS Education works in partnership with a range of organisations fostering links with contemporary, classical, urban and world art forms, as well as across folk traditions, and within other related spheres such as education, sport and health.
EFDSS Education projects are delivered by a pool of experienced specialist freelance folk arts practitioners and educators.
EFDSS Education is supported by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.