Thanks to everyone who made the Beowulf Festival, celebrated on the early May Bank Holiday Weekend 2018, such a success!
The Spirit of Beowulf was, and still is, alive and well in Woodbridge!
Thanks for being part of the COMMUNITY festival
given by Mayor Clare Perkins at the end of her Mayoral year - as a parting gift to the town.
A great way for the whole community to celebrate instead of the usual Mayoral Ball.
Beowulf was the theme - the original hero of myths and legends.
(Some Scholars say that the story of Beowulf was written in this area.)
The Spirit of Beowulf Festival 2018 Banner
Design by Claudia Myatt
Thanks to Claudia for all your Beowulf artwork and merchandise - mugs, tiles, books, earrings and prints - some still available from Claudia's on line shop.
Thanks to the Dragons who came to visit Woodbridge for the Beowulf Festival, weaving through the Thoroughfare from the Emporium to the Tide Mill!
An evening of Dragons opened the festival on Thursday May 3rd at the Woodbridge Emporium with stories, songs and games from Clare the Mayor, Jules Button, Mary, Bards Aloud, Charlie Mapey and Josh. It was a lot of fun!
The Grendel Trail then weaved through the town leaving footprints on the shop windows for children to find.
Silver Sun Jewellery made dragons for kids (and older) to cut out and make, along with 23 illustrations to the Mayor's poem displayed in each shop. Thank you Matthew!
Many thanks to the following shops who made hunting for Dragons so much fun!
Scruff the Plastic Dragon flew onto the Tide Mill Quay and stayed looking over the River Deben throughout the festival to highlight the danger to the environment of 'Single use Plastic.'
A big thanks to Jason and Bon for building Scruff with local school kids and to Jewsons for supplying building materials.
Big thanks to our Beowulf artists in residence
You saw their colourful artwork on Banners, Mugs, online and projected onto the TideMill!
Also to our Copper Sculptor Mark Hewlett who's remake of the Sutton Hoo Mask turned a few heads!
Thanks to everyone who was part of the Mayor's Art Challenge - the exhibition was beautiful and showed how inspirational the Spirit of Beowulf was - from School to Oil Paintings.
MUSIC - ACOUSTIC TENT
Thanks to Merlyn's Open Mic performers
Joe Kill and Lunar Trips
A big thank you to local composers
for sharing their music and video
Big thanks to Team Audio Ltd who provided sound and technical support on all three stages.
Thanks to Charmian Shirley Berry for the photos.
MUSIC - BANDSTAND
A glorious Sunday afternoon on the River Wall with a Family Fun Day at the Tea Hut.
Thanks to all the great performers :-
1PM - Nick Nicholson 1:20 - Ann Elliott 1:40 - Chris Birkin 2PM - Girl in the Hat 2:10- Antony Martino 2:20 - Elly Tree 2:40 - Ben Goble 3PM - 4PM - MonkeyFist - A big thank you to you for travelling up from London to play!
STORY TELLERS and POETS
Thanks to Kevin Crossley Holland and Ninni Noo Boutique
Bards Aloud for your pop up Story Telling
Doctor Debbie Banham for telling us 'What would Beowulf Eat' in the Tide Mill Living Museum who donated a whole day of free admission to the Festival.
Thanks to the group of Students from Cambridge University for coming over to act out part of Beowulf in Old English - a fascinating highlight of Saturday
and all the poets who entered the Mayor's Challenge
Thanks to Josh, Charmian and Jan for photos
HISTORY & ARCHAEOLOGY
Thanks to Charlie Haylock for an entertaining and informative talk at the Shire Hall and to Woodbridge Deli for sponsoring the Event on Friday Evening.
Archaeologist Doctor Emma Tetlow brought fascinating artefacts from local digs and with Kate donated a Kids archeological dig at Whisstocks on Saturday.
Woodbridge Riverside Trust brought Sae Wylfing onto the courtyard with a band of Anglo Saxon enactors.
PROJECTIONS ON THE TIDE MILL
Thanks to everyone who made this possible
There are many pictures and videos available on Facebook including these from the TideMill
The projections were programmed by Tom Taylor
and collated by Jan Pulsford using
mandalas by David Turner
animated red dragon by Jenny and Jules
Black and white drawings by Charles Keeping from Kevin Crossley-Holland's Beowulf Book
Dragons by Susie Hammond
other images by Claudia Myatt, Jan Pulsford, Clare Perkins
( all images copyright to owner)
Music and Poetry especially written for the occasion and performed by Jan Pulsford
with Merlyn Bruce
The Spirit of Beowulf poem written and performed by Clare Perkins
Thanks to Holly Blue who sponsored the Projections at Dusk on theTideMill