28th - 30th August 2020
Location: Waterperry House, Waterperry, Oxford, OX33 1LQ
Oxford Storytelling Festival is an exciting new boutique family festival coming to Waterperry this summer.
An August bank holiday full of magic, myth and mystery; to enchant and enliven your senses. We are delighted to announce a formidable line up of UK’s most impressive storytellers: Jan Blake, Ben Haggarty, Sally Pomme Clayton, Hugh Lupton, Katy Cawkwell, Jo Blake Cave, Nell Phoenix and music from the fabulous Jackie Oates, Carrie Tree, James Frost and Sika.
“It is time for the Land to be given a voice, and as custodians we need to start listening and begin to enter into this rich dialogue. It has been important to select artists who speak from the Land, are giving her a voice, and are re-birthing the myths from our past that help us connect deeper to where we find ourselves today.” says Festival Director Rachel May.
These earth inspired storytellers like Jan Blake who has been performing worldwide for over thirty years and specialises in stories from Africa, the Caribbean, and Arabia, brings the land back to us. Ben Haggarty has a working repertoire of more than 350 folktales, fairy tales, epic and myths and is pioneering a European storytelling revival. Hugh Lupton has a particular passion is for the hidden layers of the British landscape whilst Sally Pomme Clayton brings fairytales, fragments of forgotten myths, folktales and epics to new life.
With over 100 contributors, workshops, activities and stories over the weekend, the Oxford Storytelling Festival’s theme of “Home and Belonging” will provide multi-dimensional experience, entertainment and fun, enriching creative connection and provide a wonderful community for humans of all ages to explore.
Waterperry House and Gardens provide an enchanting setting for this new festival. Its famous house and gardens is the perfect backdrop to host the intimate magic of these stories and songs. Its Amphitheatre, lit up at night will literally transport you to another realm with headliners performing.