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Ouseburn Festival 2023

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Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July 2023, 12pm to 6pm

Ouseburn Festival 2023

A free, community-led family-friendly festival that celebrates the Ouseburn Valley, its people and its businesses.
 

Ouseburn Festival is a free community-led family-friendly festival that celebrates the Ouseburn Valley, its people and its businesses. This year visitors to the Festival enjoyed over 50 different activities and events. This included live music and performances, craft and food markets, boat trips on the river and much more.

 

Skimstone Arts programmed the Ouseburn Woodland to present a diverse line-up of performers and creative workshops in beautiful spaces across the Ouseburn, including:

  • The Bandstand - in the heart of the woodland under the railway viaduct

  • The Orchard - behind the gate by Crawford's Bridget, the cobbled bridge heading into the woodland

  • The Stone Circle - by the Cumberland Arms
     

 

"Following the success of UNITY Festival 2023, we were thrilled to be invited by Ouseburn Trust to programme the Woodland spaces at this year's Ouseburn Festival. Come rain or shine there'll be something to brighten up your day. So come and help us celebrate all that the Ouseburn, a place we call home, has to offer."
Claire Webster Saaremets, Artistic Director at Skimstone Arts

Hear what festival goers thought of our Woodland Takeover by watching one of Skimstone Arts young artists Phillip Melody's evaluation video...


 

Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 July, 12pm to 6pm

Ouseburn Festival - Woodland Takeover Audiences were invited to build beautiful bird feeders with artist Anne Curtis, discover the hidden beauty of mushrooms with illustrator Fran Thomas, and were taken on a fun Kenyan musical journey with Rapasa Nyatrapasa Otieno, there was even the chance to learn some circus skills.

 

Beautiful water marbling pictures were created with Turguy and Melike. There was the opportunity to join a joyful exploration into African dance with Nii Kwartey Owoo, make a pot with Will Benson and listen to live music from buskers, the Orchard Song Book Band, our young people's band Reality Boots and the electrifying Afrocentric sounds of Asasaa. There was something for everyone.

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