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Workshops at L2F 2018

Saturday 20th October

At Samuel Johnson Museum:

All L2F festival events in the Samuel Johnson Museum are restrcted to an audience of 30 people. Book early at Lichfield Arts Office to avoid disappointment.

Flossie Malavialle – It’s Raining Cats and Dogs

Mid-day Samuel Johnson Museum

Come and enjoy my (hopefully) fun and informative workshop “It’s raining cats and dogs”: a humorous discussion about English expressions and proverbs seen from a French perspective.

Expressions and colloquialisms in a foreign language are some of the most difficult things to get to grips with as I soon realised when I decided to permanently move to England in 2002. They can very often lead to misunderstanding and confusion when translated word for word; however they are so much part of our everyday vocabulary and culture – even sometimes without us realising to what extent! – that it is essential to become familiar with them in order to communicate better.

“It’s raining cats and dogs” is the first of such expressions I learnt in school as a teenager and I remember how funny I thought it sounded back then… In fact the only thing I could visualise was cats and dogs literally falling from the sky! I couldn’t get past that first image and that has stayed with me to this day. Needless to say we don’t have an exact translation for it in French but, as you’ll find out, the French do have their own colourful ways of describing the same phenomenon.

Workshop – Free for L2F ticket holders. £2.00 donation for non ticket holders

The Hut People Workshop

1.00 pm Samuel Johnson Museum

‘Play along percussion’. Bring your own percussion or borrow an instrument to accompany some of The Hut People’s repertoire.

Workshop – Free for L2F ticket holders. £2.00 donation for non ticket holders

Storytelling Session – Chris Genders

2.00 pm Samuel Johnson Museum

Peter Cole – “The Lichfield Morris Tradition”

3.00 pm Samuel Johnson Museum

Join Peter who will tell you all about the Lichfield Morris tradition.

Workshop – Free for L2F ticket holders. £2.00 donation for non ticket holders

Sunday 21st October

At the Guildhall:

Walsall Weavers

10.00 am The Guildhall

Our regular popular workshop for beginners in which you will learn weaving techniques. More Details to follow. Go to the Gallery page for photographs of this workshop from previous years.

Workshop – Free for L2F ticket holders. £2.00 donation for non ticket holders

Poetry Workshop

11.00 am The Guildhall

Ever since man first drew on the walls of caves, they have been trying to communicate the unfathomable unknown, through words, music, grunts, noises, arguments, and resolution. Join local award winning poets Heather Fowler and Ben Macnair as they try to squeeze the genie back into the bottle.

Workshop – Free for L2F ticket holders. £2.00 donation for non ticket holders

Here is what we did in 2017:

Dorset Buttons and Felt work Workshops

Dora Hancock and Jan Deeming showed participants how to make Dorset Buttons. Dorset Buttons date back to the 18th century. These yarn covered metal rings can be used for both decorative and practical purposes. They werep rovided with all the materials needed to make a Dorset Button. 
Judith Israel showed how to incorporate the Dorset Button into a piece of feltwork.
and/or

Corn Dolly Workshop

Steve Plowright, master corn dolly maker, brought along wonderful examples of this ancient art.

Mummers Workshop with Armitage Mummers

Mummer plays were a regular feature of many Staffordshire villages in the past. They were, however, largely lost in the latter half of the twentieth century although many of the scripts still exist in collections. Armitage Mummers will give you the experience of finding out what is involved in being a mummer and, who knows, encourage you revive this old English tradition.

Poetry Workshop

Folk music often dwells on the darker side of life, unrequited love, early death, cruel nature, an uncaring society, with animals and birdlife acting as portents and omens. participants joined local award winning poets Heather Fowler and Ben Macnair in a writing workshop that took these themes as a starting point, allowing them to run with an idea or theme that will unravel as poetry, prose, or song lyrics as the workshop develops.

Here is what we did in 2016:

Beginners Weaving with Walsall Weavers.

We are the Walsall Spinner who meet each Friday in Aldridge to spin, weave, dye and felt. This workshop is going to introduce adults to the craft of weaving. You will be given a small loom, yarn and the tools you need for weaving and will be shown how to weave a small item, which you can use as a coaster or in any other way you want. At the end of the workshop the equipment is yours to keep and use again and again. No experience is necessary.

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Folk Art Felt with textile artist Judith Israel.

L2F Felt Workshop

Folk Art Felt’ is a workshop with Judith Israel ‘Textile Artist’ and Teacher.
The workshop is suitable for everyone – beginners and more experienced ‘stitchers’ – all welcome!
Make a small decorative piece of felt embroidery. This will be suitable as a Brooch or Christmas Decoration.

The workshops above are £3 each, or £5 for both.  Includes all materials.

 


Sea Shanties with the Lichfield Lighthouse Company.

Lichfield Lighthouse Company

FREE

The Lichfield Lighthouse Company is s very active Shanty and Sea Song community group, which meets twice a month throughout the year and also carries out public performances at a variety of events.

The workshop will briefly outline the history of shanties and show how the singing of these one-time work songs has evolved into a genre of contemporary folk singing. The workshop is intended to help beginners develop their potential for joining in the choruses and perhaps taking the lead in shanty singing.

There will be an opportunity to join Lichfield Lighthouse Co. at their performances in the L2F Sunday Cafe for those who would like to.

 


Irish Music Session with Chasetown Celtic folk band Gan Teideal. 

– FREE

Local musicians, Gan Teidal, will lead a cracking session of easy to play tunes. So if you play violin, flute, recorder, guitar, mandolin, bodhran, accordion or just want to sing, join us, all are welcome.!

Join in the Music Cafe performance in the afternoon if you would like to.

 


Mummers Workshop with Armitage Mummers

– FREE

Mummer plays were a regular feature of many Staffordshire villages in the past. They were, however, largely lost in the latter half of the twentieth century although many of the scripts still exist in collections. Armitage Mummers will give you the experience of finding out what is involved in being a mummer and, who knows, encourage you revive this old English tradition.