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At the heart of English folk
U.Dance 2012

“Blacking-up” – the debate continues

Following the decision of Shrewsbury Folk Festival not to programme dance sides that “black-up” and the ensuing publicity this brought, EFDSS would like to be clear about its position.

English Dance & Song, Autumn 2016

Autumn edition of EDS remembers dancers lost at the Somme

As autumn descends and the nights draw in, grab yourself a cup of something hot, pull a chair up to the fireside and browse the pages of the latest edition of EDS.

Horse & Bamboo

EFDSS announces a new commission - ‘The Theatre Ballads’

A project to translate traditional folk ballads into theatre has been chosen as the winner of a competitive commissioning process by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) through funding from the PRS for Music Foundation’s Talent Development Partner scheme.

Heaving the Lead by Flo Brooks

Open call for exhibition proposals

Calling artists, curators, designers and makers…

Does your work document or explore folk arts and practices? Are you inspired by folk dance, song, or music and interested in making links between traditional folk arts and contemporary arts practice?

Would you benefit from accessing the Vaughan Williams Memorial Library (VWML) and archives?

We are looking for proposals for exhibitions that make new and exciting links to folk to take place at Cecil Sharp House from March – July 2017 and September 2017 – January 2018.

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Broadside Day 2017: Call for papers

The Broadside Day is our annual gathering of people interested in Street Literature – a field which includes broadsides, chapbooks, prints, woodcuts, penny histories, last-dying speeches, catchpennies, and all other cheap printed material which was sold in urban streets, country fairs and other events up to the early 20th century.