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The West Dean Festival

PUBLISHED: 13:44 18 January 2011 | UPDATED: 20:41 20 February 2013

The West Dean Festival

The West Dean Festival

August Bank Holiday Weekend 2011 sees the launch of the first ever West Dean Festival. From midday on Friday 26 August through to Monday 29 August, the stunning location of West Dean will be home to a three day festival...

August Bank Holiday Weekend 2011 sees the launch of the first ever West Dean Festival. From midday on Friday 26 August through to Monday 29 August, the stunning location of West Dean will be home to a three day festival.



This family-friendly festival set in the beautiful West Dean Parkland within the heart of the South Downs near Chichester, will be a cross-generational celebration of the best in music, performance, storytelling and creative making.


Numbers will be limited to ensure the event retains an intimate feel; and for the first time ever visitors to the Festival will be able to camp in the grounds of West Dean House. There will be stylish, accessible camping pitches, yurts and tipis, where you can camp with your friends and family, all within minutes of the performance and making areas - ensuring that you can immerse yourself in this creative and inspirational Festival. There will also be some accommodation available in the 19th century Grade II* listed flint-faced mansion, which is now home to West Dean College.


Robert Pulley, Principal of West Dean College and Creative Director of the Festival has assembled an exceptional team of imaginative directors to help design and organise collaborations between musicians, artists, makers and performers. Robert explains: "The West Dean Festival is a mellow festival for all ages, a true celebration in the company of old friends and new; a festival at which people can come together to share their love of music, performance, storytelling and making."



Music: outstanding headliners and up-and-coming performers from world music and contemporary folk, under the direction of Music Director Marlon Richards.


Performance and Storytelling: with poetry, film, dance, theatre, the art of storytelling will be explored with performances, readings, workshops and slams.


Creative Making: throughout the weekend there will be opportunities to participate in a variety of creative making workshops under the direction of Alison Baxter, Head of Short Courses at West Dean. The sessions will be run by leading craft practitioners whose own work will inspire and enthral all.


Explore: full access to the extraordinarily beautiful West Dean Gardens, Parkland and Arboretum situated in the rolling folds of the South Downs National Park. The Gardens offer a stunning showcase for variety in planting and excellence in presentation with many architectural delights, where festival goers can wander, and will offer sensational settings and backdrops for artists, comedians, musicians and performers to create a theatre of the imagination.


Childrens Area: an exciting and family friendly place to delight and engage the focused attention of children and teenagers. Well keep them occupied and inspired throughout the weekend.


Eat and Drink: delicious food will be a feature of the Festival. Come and dine in stylish cafes and bistros. Locally produced and organic food will be to the fore and watch out for the cooking demonstrations too. Licensed bars will serve a full range of drinks and a late night caf-bar will be open into the small hours featuring intimate cabaret and music.



All together, the first West Dean Festival promises to be a memorable and fun celebration of relaxed creativity in a truly beautiful setting.


Tickets are available to purchase in advance at www.westdean.org.uk/events from January 2011.


West Dean College and Gardens, Nr Chichester, West Sussex, PO18 OQZ


www.westdean.org.uk 01243 811 301

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