For the past five years the art exhibition, featuring work by local artists, has been an important part of Simonsbath Festival. This year the festival puts everyone in the frame by hosting Sketch Boxes to encourage old and young alike to draw, read or write inside.
The Sketch Boxes have been created especially for the festival out of the highly successful Exmoor Poetry Boxes which have confounded expectations by collecting more than 5,500 poems from passers-by over the last three years.
The boxes will make their first appearance at Simonsbath Festival’s May Day celebrations on Exford Village Green on Bank Holiday Monday May 1, and will then be located around Simonsbath from May 2 until June 21, maintaining a constant presence throughout the festival for people to pen as little or as much as they like. Read more about the Sketch Boxes here.
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The festival continues to prioritise its work with local schools. The project ‘Songs from the Exmoor Forest’ to revive interest in and knowledge of the traditional music and songs of Exmoor and Wren musician Paul Wilson this year held a series of workshops in local schools to teach the folk music, songs and traditions collected on Exmoor from the early 20th century to the 1980s. The workshops culminated in a Midsummer family and community concert.
As part of the project we have also collated an online song book featuring music and songs collected on Exmoor, which can be found here on the festival website.
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