The annual autumn festival of reading, writing and performance returned to East Lindsey throughout October with many action packed events fully booked.
Over 50 events formed this year’s Festival with thousands of people enjoying workshops and performances and learning new skills. Fringe events began on October 1 with some very popular events, many of which were delivered by community groups and organisations. People got involved in an acoustic music jam, developed their writing skills through workshops, learnt how to sketch and enjoyed a family concert with former international singer/songwriter Nick Cope.
The education and outreach programme offered a diverse range of activities for primary and secondary schools in East Lindsey. Slam poetry workshops which lead to rhyme battles, rhythm games, team performances and beatboxing. There were also music and wet felt craft workshops leading a very creative week.
The main festival took place from October 21 to 25 and saw events sold out.
People enjoyed new experiences from making leaded stained glass to cutting and laying mosaic tiles, using traditional rug-making techniques, to getting an insight into the mind of a local UK bestselling novelist Nick Louth; the Lincolnshire dialect was even celebrated with Far Welter’d.
Rachel from Louth enjoyed many events during the festival and said: “I’ve had a brilliant two days at the festival learning new crafts and skills.
“Great classes and brilliant tutors, thank you to everyone involved in organising this great event.”
After all of this, the Children and Young People programme ran during the half term holiday October 26 to 31.
Crafts, plays and workshops were enjoyed by children from 2 to 18 years and their families. A special performance of the best-selling book by Stuart Spendlow, Penguinpig was sold out and over 30 children enjoyed the Witches and Wizards workshops where they created magic potions, spooky lanterns and decorated cookies.
Freya was one of the children who enjoyed the witches and wizards workshop and said: “It was a really great day and I want to go back.”
The week culminated with the exciting Unleashed 2015! organised by Louth Living Well, supported by Magna Vitae and many other funders. A new event for this year’s Festival which saw three days of jam packed workshops including graffiti, tribal, ballet and street dance with a spectacular evening performance to a packed St James Church.
If you missed this year’s Festival, please visit www.magnavitae.org/woldswords for more information and get a glimpse of some of the events and shows at the Wolds Words Facebook page.