41 st Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering
28th -30th March 2008
Annual 3-day festival of Northumberland's traditional music and culture with plenty of fun for all the family. (N.B. events in March this year because of the early Easter)
The annual festival of Northumberland's music and traditions will feature the usual concerts, barn dance, stories, dialect, crafts, exhibition, workshops, street shows, children's events, history, stories, literature, tours, pub sessions, competitions, bellringing, orienteering and Saturday morning pageant, with the magnificent giant figure of piper Jamie Allan making a return visit after his unveiling in 2007.
The 2008 special theme will be "Crossing Borders" along with Tudor-related events to mark the 500th anniversary of Morpeth's son William Turner, the "Father of English Botany". Artists will include the York Waits, Iain McNicol, Northumbrian Ranters, Castle Band, Neil Smith, Misericordia, Dodgy Clutch Theatre, MacUmba, Rent a Peasant, Sealed Knot and performers from the English/Scots and English/Welsh borders.
The programme of over 50 events will include a film presentation on the Czech international bagpiping festival at Strakonice with archive footage of Northumbrian musicians and dancers; artist in residence Catherine Stott exhibiting the paintings created at last year's event; more puppet tales from "Time for George" and a display of modern miners' picnic banners created by children from Whitley Memorial CoE First School, Bedlington.
All 3 days: Crafts Exhibition with stalls, workshops and refreshments (Town Hall) plus exhibition by artist-in-residence Catherine Stott ( Methodist Church ).
Friday 28th March:
Daytime: storytelling, craft/music workshops and concerts including:
Saturday 29th March ( 10-4 Park & Ride at County Hall)
A full day of indoor and outdoor entertainment, workshops, competitions, concerts and dancing including Rent and Peasant in the Park and:
Sunday 30th March
Concerts, church services, tours, outdoor entertainment, including:
Queries 01670 513308 www.northumbriana.org.uk