Battle of Lewes festival weekend
Posted by carlotta on Monday June 30th, 2014 at 8:39am
Where to start… although I had been working with the Sussex Downs College students over the past few months, I hadn’t caught on to what the full experience of the Battle of Lewes festival weekend would be. For three days the weather stayed the most perfect Spring weather that England can provide. The grounds were filled with knights and ladies doing weaponry demonstrations, a medieval surgeon cutting off limbs, politicians entering into (sometimes heated) debates with young people, spinning wheels, storytelling, purple clad and flower-bedecked drummers, chickens and goats camping out with students in the village… and random visitors dressed head to toe in medieval garb. All of this surrounded by fluttering flags, colourful tents and the lush green of a Springtime landscape. In the evening we were treated to the premiere of John Agard’s wonderfully funny musical play, performed by the students, with the slanting evening light shining into the tent. As dusk fell, a torch procession brought everyone to the music stage. On the last night, while the Moulettes were in the midst of their gig, the power went out. Instead of calling it a night, the crowd gathered close, the musicians came to the edge of the stage and, lit by hand held torches, the band played on. It was a magical moment. As a finale, John Agard then stood and read his poetry by torchlight. More photographs can be found here.
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