Cambridge Edition August 2020 - WEB


CAMBRIDGE FOLK FESTIVAL AT HOME Cambridge Folk Festival may have been cancelled, but the organisers are encouraging fans of the event to recreate the magic and music at home, offering a weekend of entertainment and activities. Running during the scheduled dates of the festival (30 July to 2 August), Cambridge Folk Festival at Home will feature exclusive video content from artists, plus social media-based fun and Cambridge-curated playlists which can be streamed online. As part of the celebrations, BBC Folk Singer of the Year Bella Hardy will lead the Cambridge Folk Festival’s Virtual Choir. She held a live workshop on 11 July where participants learned to sing The Parting Glass together in a perfect three-part harmony, then submitted videos of themselves singing which will form part of a ‘choral collage’ to be shared over the course of the weekend. Another highlight of the weekend will be the Songlines Interview, which will be streamed on Facebook, featuring Songlines Magazine editor Jo Frost in conversation with Fatoumata Diawara, while further talks and workshops include folk singer Sam Lee discussing environmentalism, storytelling with Alex Ultradish and a movement workshop created by Debbie Norris, who choreographed the folk ballet The Sisters of Elva Hill which premiered at the 2019 Festival. Keep an eye on the festival’s social media for


This month will see Cambridge Literary Festival host a virtual event with author Ali Smith, who will be discussing Summer , the final instalment of her seasonal quartet. Available to watch at 7pm on 13 August, the broadcast will feature festival honorary patron Alex Clark as chair. Alex and Ali know each other very well, with Alex having interviewed Ali many times over the years for the festival as well as in her role as a journalist for The Guardian . “It’s such an exciting thrill, honour and privilege for CLF to host this exclusive event,” enthuses festival director Cathy Moore. “Ali’s talks over the years have mesmerised and captivated audiences; she has an ability like no other to capture with words what the rest of us are thinking, but hadn’t actually realised. I am an absolute fan and can’t wait to get hold of a copy of the new book.”

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