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.
Community is at the heart of the Festival and in 2018 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 to all ages, from introducing tiny tots to music and encouraging positive interaction between parent and child through music, and with samba drumming workshops for all the family, whose participants lead our opening Festival Procession.
The local community were also offered free arts and crafts workshops, creating puppets for the procession, as well as an animation workshop. Locals were also given the opportunity to dust off their guitars and join the house band for Unfolding Theatre’s production of Putting The Band Back Together.
SWARM: A Creation of Many Hands, an enormous interactive Art Installation of 50,000 bees, hand printed on calico by hundreds of people, was on display in the Festival Hall. Laney Birkhead’s exhibition, measuring 7 x 23 metres to create a 3D walk inside ‘Hive’, was not only beautiful and impressive but also raised awareness about bee decline, highlighting the importance of pollinators in our environment.
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.