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Project information


Sidmouth FolkWeek intends to form partnerships with local schools which will be the focus of a programme of activities of learning about and participation in the folk traditions of the South West. Our aim is to leave a legacy of skills in music, song and dance that will become self sustaining.

A continuing project planned on a year by year basis


  • Need


    Sidmouth FolkWeek has had for many years an extensive range of workshops for adults and children based on many aspects of the folk arts. However, these all take place during the first week in August. We are conscious that many local children will have no further opportunities to participate in folk art activities until the following festival. We feel that children who live locally should have a more consistent exposure to these and in particularly the ones which reflect our local tradition.


    In an innovative step for a festival, Sidmouth FolkWeek has established a link with a local junior school and held workshops for 120 pupils earlier this year on a theme of folk song and dance. The children's work will be showcased at the 2010 festival. However, we intend for this to be the starting point for a series of activities through to the next festival and beyond. In time, we intend to establish links with all the schools in the Sid Valley which includes a secondary school.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To build on the experience of the 120 children who took part in our introductory activity.


    » To liase with the school and arrange for follow-up work during school time.
    » To give children the opportunity to take part in further developmental work by providing supplementary after-school activties
    » Prodviding opportunities for the participants to showcase their work at venues other than the school.

    What success will look like

    Success will be demonstrated by the quality of performances of the children at ,say, the Welcome Concert of Sidmouth FolkWeek. .

    Aim 2

    To widen the base of the activies to give more children the opportunity to take part.


    » To provide any interested teachers the opportunity to take part in appropriate training so that they can, in time, lead further work in their schools
    » To form links with the other three junior schools and the secondary school in the Sid Valley

    What success will look like

    Success will be to look at the uptake by the chldren of the additional out of school activities.

    Aim 3

    To provide a sustained programme for the development of the childrens' skills in the folk arts


    » To establish a nuclei of adults and children in each school who will link with newcomers e.g. those who transfer from junior to secondary schools.

    What success will look like

    Success will be seen if , in time, we see children who began learning at junior carry forward their interest into their secondary school life

  • Impact


    Our long term hope would be that there would be a lasting interest in local folk arts which would be discernible in all the Sidmouth schools.We would hope that many individuals would remain involved with their folk arts in their adult lives and become carriers of the tradition themselves.


    There is a risk that as children get older they may fall away from participation. To prevent this, the selected activities should reflect age and ablities of the participants who will be see them as an exciting challenge.


    By regular reporting and by invitation to showcased events.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £20,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £6,000 In school hours workshops Holding 10 workshops each with three tutors (Half day sessions)
      £6,000 After school hours workshops Holding 20 after school workshops with three tutors (1 hour sessions)
      £4,000 Teacher training Training for 4 teachers for 5 days each
      £4,000 Instrument hire , other costs Hire of instruments for workshops,administration and travel costs
  • Background


    Sidmouth is a small seaside resort in Devon. Although many people choose to retire here, it is still home to many families with children. It has been home to the internationally known folk festival for over 50 years.


    Sidmouth has four state funded schools. Our project will be targeted at the junior school in the first instance but it is hoped that it will reach pupils in all these schools as it goes on

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    Sidmouth FolkWeek Limited has trustees who have many years of experience of staging a folk festival including workshop provision. We work closely with Sidmouth FolkWeek Productions, a not-for-profit company who have staged the festival since 2005. We believe we have access to some of most able individuals in the folk world to provide the children with the highest quality of learning experience.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Joan Crump

    Joan is Artistic Director of Sidmouth Folkweek and would be responsible for its overall content and structure

    Marilyn Tucker

    Marilyn is part of the Wren Trust, an organization based in Devon which already works closely with schools in the region.

    Philippa Toulson

    Philippa works for Folk South West and is also the director of Young Sidmouth ( the children and young peoples' events during Sidmouth Folkweek.)