The English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) will host a national showcase conference on Wednesday 25 June 2014 at the Town Hall, Birmingham to celebrate and showcase The Full English learning programme – an innovative England-wide folk arts education project. The conference will share learnings from The Full English and is the largest-scale event of its kind to have been hosted in recent history, highlighting how to make folk arts relevant in schools and beyond.
Rachel Elliott, EFDSS’ Education Director, said: “This will be an inspirational day of performances, presentations and discussion celebrating high quality folk arts projects in schools.
“Each project, and accompanying resources, has created a legacy showcasing how folk dance, song, music and drama can be used effectively in diverse education settings. The showcase conference will allow us to share this with educators whilst demonstrating how folk arts can be relevant in a range of sectors.”
Tickets are now on sale, with early bird prices available until 9 May, and include all refreshments, lunch and drinks reception.
Book and pay by 9 May: £40 (early bird)
Book now via Eventbrite
From 10 May the price will rise to £60 (full price).
The conference is a must attend event for anyone working in the education, culture or heritage sectors who wants to learn how folk dance, song, music and drama can be used to enhance learning in the school curriculum at key stages 1 - 5 (young people aged 5 - 18 years).
The day will include:
Dance: morris, ceilidh, sword, clog, molly, broom
Song: ballads, shanties, chorus songs
Music: reels, polkas, jigs, hornpipes
Drama: stories, tales, folklore
Registration from: 9.15am
Event starts: 10am
Drinks reception: 5.30pm
Event ends: 6.30pm
We're working on the programme at the moment; speakers and presenters will be announced soon, so keep checking back for further information as we get it.
If you are looking to discover the latest developments in folk arts education in schools, are interested to see the practical outcomes of recently completed projects that have breathed life into archive manuscript materials and want access to case studies, attending the Archives To Action! conference is an absolute must.
This event is particularly relevant to people working within the education, cultural, museums and heritage sectors.
Nineteen schools across England – primary, secondary and SEN (special educational needs) – have been taking part in creative learning projects inspired by The Full English, the world’s largest free digital archive of English folk song, tune, dance and custom manuscripts.
The Full English projects in schools have been led by professional folk musicians, dancers and storytellers exploring traditional material from their local area – most of it sourced from the archive. They demonstrate the successful use of folk arts to enhance learning in the school curriculum from key stages 1 - 5 (young people aged 5 - 18 years of age), including work at GCSE and A Level.
The Full English is supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund, the National Folk Music Fund and The Folklore Society.
Discover The Full English learning programme
Explore The Full English digital archive