Friday, 20 July 2012

Lammas Festival

photo by Graham Huntley
The amazing Eastbourne Lammas Festival will soon be taking over the Western Lawns again for its annual celebration of the Lammas Harvest. The colourful event was originally a Pagan festival, held at the time of the first corn cutting, to give thanks to the Gods for the Earth's bounty. The contemporary Eastbourne festival has been held every year since 2001 and is a family-friendly spectacle of music and dance which raises money for the Royal National Lifeboat Association.

This year, the two day festival is on Saturday the 28th and Sunday the 29th of July. It will start with the Carnival Procession of drummers, Morris dancers and the Eastbourne Giants which will leave the Pier around midday on the Saturday going along the Promenade to the Western Lawns. 

The music line-up this year includes Brighton singer-songwriter Annika Brown, foot-stomping song and tunes with the Ragati String Band, cool jazz and be-bop from Blueshift, and traditional songs performed with contemporary instruments and lots of energy by Last Of The Wild. The essential Ceilidh led by The Howlers will end the weekend.

photo by Graham Huntley
Nine Morris dancing sides will perform during the weekend and will be joined by the wonderful Pentacle Drummers, local belly dance troupe, the Sea Gypsies and the Sussex School of Dance.
There will also be over 30 stalls on the Western Lawns ranging from Greenpeace and the RSPB, to artisan chocolate making and fishcakes (not together!), Saxon village crafts and pottery, Eastbourne Bonfire Society and a variety of spiritual and new age stalls. Plus, a favourite of mine which we first saw at Herstmonceux Medieval Fair a few years ago, Mousetown!

For details of all the music, dancing and stalls, visit the Lammas Festival website which has lots of information.

Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July, Western Lawns.

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