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A Meadow on Your Head!
Can you wear a Summer Meadow on your head?

Children from Kettlewell, Grassington, Threshfield, Boyle & Petyt, Burnsall and Cracoe may well be!

Primary school pupils across six local Upper Wharfedale schools have been busying themselves at festival-led art workshops in preparation for a local spectacle: The Grassington Festival kick-off Procession, 11am on Saturday 16 June.

These free workshops for 3-11 year olds, conducted by artists Carine Bosse & David Ashby look at the festival theme ‘A Sense of Belonging’. The art sessions allow each child to create their own individual headdress adorned with long swaying grass, bubble bees, buttercups, ladybirds and caterpillars to be worn at the procession.

One child, when asked what was best about the sessions, responded “all the sticking” and another replied “ just all of it!”

“It’s about celebrating what is around us and learning to look after it. We encourage students to think about the summer meadows and wildlife and to feel positive about our surroundings” explained Carine, who oversees the project.

Free, drop-in willow puppet making workshops, creating larger pieces for the Festival Procession, will take place for adults and children at Grassington C of E Primary School on Saturday 9 June and Sunday 10 June, 1-4pm. All welcome.
And the last of our Samba Drumming Workshops will take place on Sunday 10 June from 10am – 12.30pm also at Grassington School encouraging children and adults of all ages to learn how to drum Brazilian Samba style and then to be part of the Samba Band leading the Procession.

Grassington’s National Park Centre will be a hive of activity on 16 June as a magical kids’ parade will materialise. It will celebrate Yorkshire Dales and the wonderful place we live. Homemade, larger-than-life birds, bugs, flowers all made from willow and coloured tissue paper will fill the village streets. Special guests? Yes! Goddess Gaya (Deity of Nature) will be there. Look out for this particularly special festival figurine.

The Loud Minority Samba Band will lead our amateur drummers, children and families through the cobbled streets culminating in more free entertainment in the square. Ending with music from Voices of Craven and Bradford Grammar School Concert Band, the spectacle of colour and sound is too good to be missed.

This wonderful 15 day annual arts festival has its roots firmly in the community. Pulling in big household names and very local acts as well as providing hands-on workshops like these – meadow on your head or all around us - there is undoubtedly something for everyone!

Reviewed by Chloë Vereker

A Meadow on Your Head!, 5th June 2018, 10:36 AM