Grassington Festival is a charity that aims to give back to the community in spades.
The aim of the Festival is to educate in the broadest sense, provide excellent arts experiences and encourage the local community to share inspirational, horizon broadening experiences through active engagement. It aims to make events of the highest quality accessible to the people of Grassington, Craven and beyond, thus helping to promote excellence and innovation in the arts and making arts and culture accessible to everyone!
Working in schools, care homes and providing free events for all the family, Grassington Festival aims to give back to the community in spades.
We provide free entertainment in the Square every weekend during the festival to make sure there is something for everyone from the very young to the very old. We join with our local farmers market to provide a Yorkshire twist including demonstrations and tastings of all that is wonderful about healthy eating in Yorkshire.
Community is at the heart of the Festival and in 2017 it reached out to a wide range of age groups and abilities by offering an excellent choice of free workshops both before and during the Festival. The offer to schools and the community was widened to interest, challenge, increase skills and create learning opportunities but above all to bring people together in an enjoyable setting.
Music workshops were offered encouraging all ages to explore singing, whether it was introducing tiny tots to music and encouraging positive interaction between parent and child through music, or offering a variety of singing workshops to help explore all the principles of music culminating in an informal performance to friends and family.
The local community was offered free workshops including samba drumming; creating an imaginary cosmos from discarded plastic bottles, subsequently displayed in the Festival Hub; and Hope and Social’s ‘A Band Anyone Can Join’, enabling participants to join in the procession or perform in the square later in the day.
Working with Pioneer Projects, the exhibition Bridging the Gap was installed in the Festival Hall for the duration of the Festival. Pottery animals created by people living with dementia during weekly sessions in the Craven district were displayed and admired.
Events were also held at 10 locations outside Grassington taking the Festival out to more remote areas allowing people who may be less mobile to be included.
Some of the events were experimental to the Festival, challenging the audience and creating thought provoking exploration of the work. From the feedback received we know that the audience was entertained, educated and given new experiences from high quality events.