13th-14th July 2019
Playground is Stroud’s new festival of play aimed at children but inclusive of adults, with activities, workshops and entertainment spread across two days in two locations.
Saturday 13 July : 11.30am - 6pm
Bank Gardens + St Lawrence Church in Stroud
The first day is at Bank Gardens with Silly Science, APE Project, Access Bikes, and more. Plus Live Music from 12pm with Kostka Band Band Camp, Community Unlimited, Burda Legree and John Street Ska Orchestra. Mini Morris, Sound Scape and Paper Jungle will be doing amazing things at St Lawrence’s Church.
Plus a fantastic procession at 11am and a picnic competition for best picnic spread and arty hamper!
Sunday 14 July : 10am-6pm
The Goods Shed
The second day is at The Goods Shed with a focus on teddy bear den making and kids’ den-making to make an environment of unusual miniature dwellings.
Den City 10am-6pm : City scape of teddy bear dens for all the teddies.
Arty Brum Booty 10am - 1pm : Art car boot fair behind The Goods Shed.
DiscoNature 1pm : Party Animals! Get your dancing paws, flippers and hooves on and join us for an afternoon exploring animal behaviour through music, games, dance and comedy. A fun body and brain workout for all. DiscoNature is a natural science inspired performing art event developed in collaboration between musician Josef Reeve and Kaoru Blackstone (Wild Things; Stroud-based natural science and art group).
Keep an eye on ‘Playground Fest’ on Facebook for updates and programme.
Also visit John Street Gallery at SVA for the accompanying Playground Fest exhibition inspired by the art of play.
The faerie woodland is quiet and still… that is until the Nightjar Carnival rolls into town! For one night only shadow & light must dance & dine together! Embrace adventure, give in to desires, and follow your curiosity to a mystical evening of absurdity! Come join the carnival as we succumb to the Eclipse of the Nightjar!
Eliza Carthy leads this concert celebrating 80 years of Topic Records, the oldest independent record label in the world and the home of British folk music.
With its origins in the Workers’ Music Association, through the mid-20th century folk revival to the present day, Topic Records has established itself as not only the pre-eminent British folk music label but one widely respected throughout the world. Tonight’s concert captures that fiercely independent spirit with artists from across the label’s history, including Martin Carthy, Lisa Knapp, Sam Lee, Alasdair Roberts and Olivia Chaney plus further special guest artists to be announced.
A number of these artists appear on Vision & Revision: The first 80 years of Topic Records, a double album released in May. The record sees a host of musicians from the UK folk scene covering a song of their choice from Topic’s extraordinary back catalogue.