The 2007 Longford Park Festival sought to provide a platform for local community organisation/arts and crafts, attracting people from a wide area and from different cultural backgrounds. This was an enjoyable (though rainy!) chilled out event with acoustic musicians, arts and crafts, children’s entertainment, environmental and local produce stalls, and raffle.
The Friends of Longford Park put together a fun day of International music and dance with styles from England to Zimbabwe:-
“You can either watch, or alternatively take part in one of the dance workshops where you can get to grips with Indian dance, capoeria, rumba, klezma, Jamaican moves and belly dancing.
To keep the kids happy they’ll be a craft area where they can make percussion instruments, learn willow weaving, woodcarving, and even circus skills.
By the time they get back to school they’ll be all-dancing, all-making entertainers.
The less proactive can listen to a storyteller and watch a puppet show.
Bands and strolling players, Street theatre, dancers and several folk music type workshops are on offer. Free, thanks to the friends-of, as in title. Most participants are amateurs in the real sense, so join in if you feel like a taster of Klezmer dancing, African drums or just food tasting from stalls.”
The very best of music, dance and art will hit Longford Park this Sunday with the 2003 ‘Celebrating Friends Folk Festival’.
The festival is organised and fund-raised by the Friends of Longford Park in conjunction with the Parks and Countryside Service. It is one of the many Trafford in Bloom showcase events, which will help raise the profile of local parks and show the important year round work all the local ‘Friends of Parks’ groups carry out.
Interim Head of the Parks and Countryside Service Bernard Sheridan said it is thanks to the hard work of all the ‘Friends’ that it has been possible for this event to go ahead.
“The Folk Festival promises to have something for everyone and I hope that the Bank Holiday weekend weather is kind to us. It is encouraging to see just what efforts local ‘Friends’ groups put into our local parks week in week out and the Council is pleased to be able to work with these and other groups to maintain and improve the facilities and events hosted in the parks.
“With plans for this year’s Boroughwide Trafford in Bloom entry gathering pace it is good to see what enthusiasm and commitment there is from the Friends of Longford Park and all sections of the local community. They are helping to keep our parks and open spaces attractive places that people can visit to relax,” he said.
‘Celebrating Friends’ is a unique international folk day and FREE event to mark the coming of spring. Folk Music, song, dance and crafts will be available for all to come, RELAX and ENJOY.
This event is organised by the Friends of Longford Park, a local community group, who have succeeded in attracting funding from both National Lottery Arts Awards for All and Trafford Area Board to organise this free event which will celebrate different cultures in the run up to the Commonwealth Games in Manchester.
National, regional and local performers include Helen Watson, folk singer; Longnote, a local traditional Irish band; the Cajun Specials, Risky Business, a contemporary folk band; Northumbrian Pipes, Sambrio, a local Samba band; Tabla players; Polonez, Polish Dancers, Asbasindi African Drummers; Nrtya Jyoti, Indian Dancers; Chorlton Green and Fylde Coast Morris Dancers and local singer Paul Mr Nulty.
As well as listening and lazing, visitors will be able to perform themselves in a singaround; get involved in banner making, Maypole dancing, African drumming or instrument making. For younger visitors there will be storytelling sessions and an opportunity to learn circus skills.
There will also be craft, information and food stalls - all adding up to a great day out for all ……