We’re thrilled to reveal details of The Family Zone for 2016. Event better news is that all activities within the Family Zone are completely FREE!
Ready to get physical? We hope so, as the Love Theatre Stage offers a series of energetic performances, demonstrations and workshops, firstly from Love Theatre who regularly create theatre with young people and at Folklore will be bringing their bespoke and interactive Superhero Show to Val De La Mare. What kid hasn’t dreamed of being Iron Man, Spiderman, Wonder Woman or The Hulk for a day? Well, here’s their chance! They’re joined on the Love Theatre Stage line up by the returning Kids Capoeira C.I., who return to Folklore after wowing us last summer with their workshops last year. Capoeira is an Afro-Brazilian art form that fuses dance, music, self-defence and acrobatics. In Portuguese the very word used to practice the activity is “jogar”, meaning “play”!
We also welcome the return of Dove Step Bollywood, the dance workshop run by the talented Jo and Anne Dove. Dove Step offers dance lessons, workshops and performances in a varied repertoire, including Lindy Hop, Charleston and Salsa, but at Folklore they’ll be giving a crash course in the art of Bollywood dance! Make sure you save a bit in the tank, however, for the Street Angels crew who, fresh from their appearance at the Dance World Cup, will be taking participants though their paces with Street Dance workshops.
Folklore, of course, isn’t all about the music (although there’s plenty of that to enjoy), and it’s not just about the artistry of our amazing acts. Our aim is very much for Folklore to be a place to nurture creativity in all of our attendees, and to bring out the inner artist in you; an ethos exemplified nowhere better than in the Creative Zone. Here, kids and grownups alike will have the chance to immerse themselves in a world of Superhero-themed arts and crafts, with face painting, nail art, dressing up corner, mask decorating and much more.
Learn the intricate art of stop-motion animation with Motion Studios Jersey, where kids will get a chance to storyboard and animate their very own movies using toys, models and Lego; join Street Angels, who will be teaching budding artists to create a masterpiece using spray paints, and for those with the wee-est of wee nippers, Bethesda Methodist Church join forces with Folklore to present the Toddler Zone, with soft and sensory play for the Under 5’s, and safe and comfortable baby changing and feeding areas on site and in their Ark building. We’ll also be serving up some Balloon Magic workshops, where kids of all ages can learn to twist and bend our inflatable friends into all sorts of shapes and sizes. It’s all play and no work at Folklore 2016!
A new addition to Folklore this summer, we’re very pleased to unveil the details of this new and exciting area of the Family Zone. We’re encouraging Jersey’s next generation of musicians, singers, storytellers and performers to watch, learn and also try their own hand at various performative mediums throughout the day. Jersey beatbox maestro Toxxix and Friends will be inviting youngsters to join them in discovering the varied, weird and wonderful ways that a voice can be manipulated to make music.
We’ll be hosting open mic sessions with the help of 2015 Jersey Battle of the Bands winner Lucas Pafitis, with a range of instruments available for people to get their first taste of performing to a live audience. Just think, you could walk into Folklore a spectator and walk out a performer! We’re also delighted to partner for the first time with the Jersey Festival of Words to serve up a variety of children’s yarns told in a fun, immersive and interactive way. If you fancy yourself as the next Roald Dahl or J.K Rowling, this is the place for you.
After all that music, dancing, playing and making, you’ll no doubt be in need of a healthy dose of R&R. Good thing then, that we have for you the Chill Zone. Think Mindfulness, think Yoga, think Meditation, think Massage. Think healthy juices and nourishing smoothies. In fact, don’t think at all. Just switch off, tune out and relaaaaax….
After the resounding success of Folklore’s return last summer, we’re incredibly excited already about the diverse array of incredible acts on offer at Folklore. A true celebration of music, art and creativity, not to mention a celebration of warmth and togetherness, we hope to replicate Folklore 2015’s spirit of fun and friendliness. A diverse array of live music, art, great food and much more will be on offer in the idyllic surrounds of Val de la Mare on June 12th this summer, and we can’t wait to welcome the people of Jersey back once more.