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At the heart of English folk


Sharing our passion for folk

We want as many people as possible, of all ages and backgrounds, to enjoy high quality, relevant and inspiring folk arts learning.

The Education department of the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) runs classes, courses, projects and events at Cecil Sharp House and works with schools, colleges, community groups and cultural organisations across England.

Our learning programmes draw on the diverse and vibrant traditional folk arts of England, Britain and beyond, and focus on song, music, dance, storytelling, arts and crafts, drama, and traditions.

Our projects are led by specialists with a passion for folk arts, and the expertise to pass this on, so every learning experience is rich, interesting and enjoyable.

Find out more about our courses, projects and services by exploring the links to the right – or get in touch if you have a question for our education team: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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