Wimborne Folk Festival

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival
Genre Folk music, folk dance
Frequency Annually
Location(s) Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
Inaugurated 1980

Wimborne Minster Folk Festival formerly known as Wimborne Folk Festival, is an annual festival of English folk music and dance, held in Wimborne Minster in Dorset, England. The name was changed to Wimborne Minster Folk Festival when a new group of organisers took over the festival when the original organisers retired in August 2012.

Wimborne Folk Festival was founded in 1980, and is a traditional festival of folk dance and music. It began as a one-day event, but has since become a weekend-long festival, held annually over Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the second weekend in June. It is one of the largest gathering of dance teams and musicians in the South of England, attracting an audience of up to 30,000 people. Several streets near the ancient Wimborne Minster are closed during the Festival. Attractions include concerts, ceilidhs, workshops, dance displays and street markets.[1]

The climactic scenes of the 2009 film Morris: A Life with Bells On, a mockumentary about morris dancing, were filmed at the Festival.[2]

The 30th anniversary Festival, held from 11 to 13 June 2010, attracted 45 dance troupes and an estimated crowd of 20,000 people.[3]

On 19 August 2012, it was announced on the official website that, due to a lack of financial support, the 2012 Wimborne Folk Festival, held in June, would be the last.[4]

In September 2012, a new group of organisers stepped up to the challenge of taking on the festival for 2013 and future years. Plans are in full swing to continue the festival.


External links

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