We’re sorry to announce that, in view of the continued uncertainty around the ending of lockdown we have decided to abandon plans for our two showcase concerts this year. Although we had a number of artists who were interested in performing live the availability of the venue and terms of its use are still unclear.
We did consider a virtual concert like last year but several of our artists were unable to perform virtually this year so we have decided to skip the concerts.
Other elements of the festival will go ahead in a reduced or virtual format and we will tell you more about that in the weeks to come.
Behind the scenes we’re working on plans for Mitcheldean Festival 2021.
The Young Poets Competition will be held online again this year and entries are now open.
The music element of the Festival is also being planned — we have a full roster of acts waiting to perform for you, but we don’t yet know whether it will be live performances or a virtual/online event.
If we go down the live route we hope to hold two concerts (one on the evening of Friday 16th July and one on the afternoon of Saturday 17th July) and a sing around session on Saturday evening.
If we have to stick to a virtual event there will be a single live-streamed concert on Saturday afternoon/evening on the Mitcheldean Festival Facebook Page followed by a sing around on Zoom from around 9pm.
And, of course, our annual folk walk will take place on Sunday 18th July.
We’ll post more news about the direction we’re heading in the next few weeks.
Join us on our Facebook page and Zoom for Virtually Mitcheldean Festival 2020 on July 18th from mid-day to 11pm. Here’s what we have planned. (Invitations to Zoom sessions will be posted nearer the time.)
Live on Facebook:
12:00-12:30 – Peter Vadiveloo (live from Melbourne)
12:30-1:00 – The Shaughnessy Brothers
1:00-1:30 – Jenny Shaw
1:30-2:00 – ReBil
2:00-3:00 – Young Poets’ Competition
Live on Zoom:
3:00-5:00 – Festival Ceilidh
Streaming on Facebook:
3:00-6:00 – video contributions from Strannik, Reivers’ Gallows, Nightingales Watch, Ged Wilson, Kev Minney and more
Live on Facebook:
6:00-6:30 – Tarion
6:30-7:00 – Anna my Charlotte
7:00-7:30 – Lucy Jarrett
7:30-8:00 – Bernard Hoskins
8:00-8:30 – Pauline Valance
8:30-9:00 – Rob Haligan
Live on Zoom
9:00-late – Mitcheldean Folk Club singers night (all welcome)
Due to the on-going pandemic, we are unable to stage Mitcheldean Festival in the usual way this year – but all is not lost!
Instead we will be organising a number of virtual live and recorded performances that will be streamed to our Facebook Page between 12pm and 9pm on Saturday July 18th. Individual performances from our concert line-up will be opened by a guest singer from Melbourne Australia!
Winning entries for the annual poetry and storytelling competitions will be broadcast from 2pm, and there will also be some virtual barn dancing in the afternoon when people can bop about at home or in their gardens. The regular late-night club singing on Zoom will complete the day.
Please watch for further announcements of what’s on when, more details will be available in due course on this website and on the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MitcheldeanFestival/
As part of the festival we are encouraging young poets and writers to submit poems and stories for our competitions. To enter these competitions download the storytellers’ competition entry form or the poetry competition entry form and follow the instructions.
Some of the poets who presented their poems at our festival in the summer will also be at the Gloucestershire Poetry Festival on October 27th.
Have you ever wanted to, (or tried to) sing a song, read a poem or show a party piece to an audience, but found that fear got in the way or it went horribly wrong?
Maybe you lost your nerve, or had stage fright?
Maybe you felt you would be judged and heard those negative voices in your head screaming failure, or that you simply aren’t good enough; somebody may have even told you this!
You are definitely not alone.
The Chocolate Drop-in seeks to provide a safe, friendly and non-judgemental environment for sharing your experiences, a place to perform (if you wish) and of course chocolate!
Tracey will tell you a little about her own nerve-racking experiences and if she’s feeling brave, will happily share a song and a wee bit of guitar playing. She is still terribly frightened but has been told it “adds to her performances” in the local Folk Clubs, open mics and beyond. She believes there is no such thing as “bad” singing, poetry or prose; it is an expression from within, like painting.
Bring your voice, instrument and/or experiences for some fun and see what unfolds.
Find her in the cosy, and private area of the Lady Chapel in the Church from 11am ‘til noon. All ages and abilities welcome; children to be accompanied by an adult.