The Folk Forest is a very family-friendly festival and we do everything we can to make the festival great for the whole family!
That means 2 brand new dedicated stages for 2018. One tailored to parents with 0-3yr olds, another focussed on young people.
It also means a Kids Area, A Forest School, New Games Workshops, Endcliffe Park itself, and plenty more.
This new addition to the Folk Forest for 2018, a marquee stage exclusively for 0- 3 year olds and their grown-ups, gives audiences the unique opportunity to hear live, quality music in a baby and toddler friendly environment. Inspirational classical, folk, popular and jazz musicians perform sensational music up-close, with informal introductions and set alongside sensory activities for your little ones, including bubbles, colourful ribbons, little-hands percussion and parachutes. Musicians are well-used to a varied audience so don’t worry if your little one (or you!) needs to sleep, cries a bit, needs to bounce about or needs feeding. With 1 mainstage extravaganza, 8 concerts, 4 participatory workshops on the hour on both days (between 12-6pm), there’s something for everyone.
Concerteenies Mainstage Extravaganza: Langsett Dance Orchestra
The Langsett Dance Orchestra is an exciting 18 piece big band playing kicking music from the swing era, plus cheeky arrangements of modern tunes that you might not expect. Think Jools Holland meets Benny Goodman and Nirvana, with a ton of saxophones, trumpets, trombones and the amazing vocal talents of Niamh Kavanagh.
This gig, exclusively for 0-3 year olds and their grown-ups, will include child-friendly introductions by Concerteenies director Polly Ives and conductor Rob Skeet set alongside bubbles, colourful props and choreographed moves – perfect with a baby/ toddler in tow!
Louise Thomson (harp)
Louise plays a range of beautiful and relaxing harp music, including pieces by Bach, Gershwin and Debussy so just sit back and listen. Louise has performed at the Royal Albert Hall and Bridgewater Hall, alongside the Hallé Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, National Symphony Orchestra and many more. She has performed live on BBC Radio 3, on BBC1 alongside soprano Katherine Jenkins and has performed for the Queen at The Royal Variety Performance. She has toured the UK giving solo recitals and educational workshops to an enormous range of audiences. www.facebook.com/louisethomsonharp
Gina Walters and Lucy Revis (Cello, Piano and Voices in Harmony)
Come and sing along to relaxed, acoustic covers of your favourite pop singers and songwriters. From Katy Perry and Bruno Mars to Ed Sheeran and Adele, Lucy and Gina bring their own spin on these popular tunes in the wonderful Folk Forest for you and your little ones. They have performed around the globe with a range of artists including Before Breakfast, Jon Boden and the remnant Kings, Tokio Myers and Screaming Maldini. They are also both keen music educators, including working with Sheffield Music Hub, Sheffield Music School and Archordia.
Simply Strings Trio
Liz, Rosie and Polly will perform an eclectic mix of string music by Bach, Corelli, Elgar and Elbow as well as a CBeebies medley. With LED light balls, teddies and bubbles, this will be a sensory treat. www.simplystringstrio.co.uk
Guild of Strings
This 16 piece string ensemble performs the highly energetic and fiery Bartok’s Romanian Folk Dances. Your little ones will be immersed in the melodies with bubbles and colourful ribbons and feel the infectious beat with shakers and dancing. www.facebook.com/guildofstrings
Musical Bedtime Story
Join Polly Ives (storyteller) and Naomi Atherton (French horn) for a calming musical bedtime story and combat the pre-bedtime witching hour! With lullabies, bubbles, teddies, moons and stars, you and your little ones can sit back and relax. Polly and Naomi have performed at concert venues, nurseries and playcafes around the UK. They have worked with CBeebies, performed live on BBC Radio 3 and recorded numerous CDs and YouTube videos for 0-3 year olds. www.facebook.com/musicwithpollyives
This is a high energy participation session for children and their grown-ups to share music, through djembe drumming, songs and puppets. Ruth leads hugely popular weekly sessions in Crookes, Heeley and Netheredge. www.facebook.com/fun-drum
Join in with a fun, friendly and educational music session, including nursery rhymes and percussion and props. Highly trained musician and inspirational teacher Rebecca Pascoe leads weekly sessions at Millhouses and Hunters Bar. www.facebook.com/RHmusicgroup
Hummingbird Music Group
Join this lively mixed age group session of songs including moving to music with scarves, puppets, percussion, parachutes and bubbles. Set up by sisters and music graduates Hannah Kidd and Jo Taylor in 2014, Hummingbirds currently runs groups in Walkley and Worrall for babies from birth up to children starting school. @hummingbirdmusicgroup
Sing & Sign
Sing and Sign run regular fun-filled baby signing classes across Sheffield, teaching you how to sign with your little one using their magic ingredient; music. Local leader, Liz Harrison, who has been running the classes for 12 years, will share some baby signing tips with you and your little ones to continue at home. www.singandsignsheffield.co.uk
Site Gallery Introducing
Site Gallery Introducing will present a fantastic line up of contemporary performance, music and video art commissioned and selected by and for young people in Sheffield.
A video art tent will showcase new work based around a theme of Anarchy and/or Space, with prizes awarded at the end of the weekend. A young people’s jury, formed through an open call that will go live this May, will select the winners.
Site Gallery Introducing will give young spoken word artists, writers, performers and early career musicians the opportunity to get on stage to showcase their work, to try out new ideas and make connections with likeminded people.
Throughout the weekend the Site Gallery Art Van will be there host hands-on making workshops. All activity will be curated and produced in collaboration with the Society of Explorers, Site Gallery's art collective of 14-19 year olds.
If you are aged 14-19 and would like to be involved as a performer, volunteer, collaborator, co-conspirator then please get in touch and join us!
We've got a kids area packed full of activities all week. (4-13 yrs)
Hosted by Youth Discovery Ventures the not-for-profit organisation that provides engaging children's activities at a variety of festivals across Sheffield including Peace in the Park and Sharrow Festival.
They will be running open access games including T shirt making and traditional games. Learn more about YDV here
Look for the big yellow tent!