Urban twist for mini family festival
May in a Day! – Cecil Sharp House, London – May 7, 2-5pm
Traditional May celebrations will be given an urban makeover at a popular afternoon family festival at London’s national folk arts centre.
The annual May in a Day! event is organised by the English Folk Dance and Song Society (EFDSS) and held at its headquarters at Cecil Sharp House on Regent’s Park Road between Camden and Primrose Hill. This year’s May in a Day! takes place on May 7 from 2pm to 5pm.
The activities being given an urban vibe range from dance and music to arts and crafts. Folk Dance Remixed will demonstrate its unique fusion of folk dance and hip-hop in high-energy performances. Popular youth dance side Young Miscellany will also be entertaining families with traditional Morris Dancing and more.
Adults and children will be able to join in workshops combining traditional and contemporary moves such as break dancing and broom dancing, along with body percussion and beat boxing. They can show off their new skills in the vibrant finale at the end of the afternoon.
Artist Shelagh McCarthy will lead arts and craft activities including how to decorate and make your own trilby hats and caps as well as other popular creations.
Other folk fuelled fun will include the ever-popular English ceilidh and maypole dancing hosted by Folk Dance Remixed, with music from their live band. Outdoor activities in the Cecil Sharp House garden will be led by Permaculture.
Katy Spicer, EFDSS Chief Executive and Artistic Director, said: “May in a Day! is always our most popular family event and is usually a sell out.
“This urban take on May Day celebrations will introduce a new generation of children to the traditional arts that form an important part of our cultural history in a fun and interactive way. There is something for all the family to get involved in regardless of their music, dance or craft ability or knowledge of folk arts.”
Tickets £8 adults | £6 under 18s | Under 2’s free
Limited tickets available on the door, advanced booking recommended