The next Folk Educators Group one-day meeting takes place next Wednesday 18 March at The Courthouse in Eastleigh, and will be hosted by Jo Harmer and Cath Watkins of FolkActive with the theme of working with those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Attendance is free to FEG members, so sign-up here to enrol and take part in the meeting.
The Folk Educators Group is a national networking group of folk arts educators from across England and beyond, facilitated by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS). Established in March 2011 the Group has become a rapidly growing network committed to promoting high quality folk arts education and supporting the practitioners who deliver it.
Kath Page from Southampton Music Hub will speak about how they specifically work with their 30+ partners and schools, with reference to current and future plans. Marie Negus for Soco Music Project will be speaking on musical inclusion and its role within education.
Other speakers include: Ann Hinchliffe, whose business SameDifference enables people with and without disabilities to participate and enjoy music and dance; experienced choir leader Carolyn Robson will discuss working with community choirs (including practical teaching tips!); and Simon Harmer will reveal how the life, work and publications of the enigmatic Alice Gillington has led to an exciting range of workshops and performances. Folkactive will lead a practical session on Southern English stepping and Hampshire tunes and Rachel Elliott, EFDSS Education Director, will give an update on key current and future EFDSS Education projects.
To facilitate local networking across the arts both Crispian Cook from The Point at Eastleigh and Aurore Parkin from Dance Up, Hampshire Dance will be in attendance. There’ll also be a good opportunity to meet EFDSS staff at the meeting including: Katy Spicer, Chief Executive; Tessa Norton, Marketing and Development Director; Cassie Tait, Education Manager (Youth Programmes); and Maxie Gedge, Marketing Officer.
Expect singing, dancing and live music; bring your instruments, voices and dancing shoes! There will be an evening music and step dancing session at Sam's Rest pub in Shedfield after the meeting, where the networking, fun, and conversation can continue.
For more information and to sign up to take part click here.
“The meeting will be a great opportunity to mingle with local organisations, build networks, and take part in on-going conversations and developments in folk arts education. Many folk educators, music education hubs and arts organisations have initiated projects and opportunities directly from attending previous meetings, so as well as some great practical sessions, it will be a fantastic opportunity to connect with some key names in the area, or learn from them if you are not local!”
Kerry Fletcher, Folk Educators Group Co-ordinator