Tucked away in secret and suspended places, new breeds of summer festivals are beginning to emerge. Dominated by the heavyweights of names like Glastonbury and Bestival, these new occurrences are causing a stir up and down the country with memorable experiences offered out as if personally by hand. Perhaps no longer the bigger the better, these insular looking islands of paradise choose smaller crowds to revoke the ‘size of a small town’ progression of some larger festivals, to create an intimate, considered and reflective atmosphere.
We Are Now Festival
Festival ‘We Are Now’ offers a totally fresh perspective on the way we perceive festivals. With the concept of exploring new methods of performance-making, technology is at the forefront here through a captivating look at immersive experiences. The two-day event, hosted on the 1st and 2nd of September at Rich Mix Shoreditch, hosts a dynamic programme of ‘boundary-pushing theatre’ showcased in a way truly never seen before. With exhibits from graduates of Digital Art computing at Goldsmiths and artists featured such as the Produce Moon theatre company, everything from interactive installations to 1-1 virtual reality performance can be found here. Founder and creative producer Megan Kieran states ‘The work is incredibly strong and truly represents where we can go with this sensational next wave of performance.’ Winner of creative enterprise of 2017 by DBACE Awards, this spot of speciality in Shoreditch should definitely be on the schedule.
Curious Arts Festival
Curious Arts Festival is ‘like no other’ adorning to their own philosophy. Achieving a stunning setting being placed in the breath-taking grounds of Pylewell Park in the heart of the New Forest, this charming and eccentric little wonder is English to the word. Hosting fabulous novelists, exceptional historians and plentiful poet laureates, this is an experience and not just a few tents in a field. So full with culture in every wonderful way, different mediums meet and mix with opera standing side by side with comedy, and this year as announced, the live musical notes of musicians Tom Odell and Izzy Bizu. With all the suave and sophistication of the new ideal forming the boutique festival, Curious Arts is exceptional from all angles.
The Adventure Travel Film Festival
Not just your run of the mill film festival, film-maker Austin Vince and travel author Lois Pryce have created a two-day camping culture adventure all hosted in beautiful countryside. A labour of love across ten years of a personal passion devoted to action and experience, this festival hugely supports creatives and stands for an ethos of ‘experience is everything.’ Reverting the idea that film festivals are for sitting around cinema screens in cities, here you can find field-cooking displays and national treasure Benedict Allen as a keynote speaker. Workshops are also hosted across the weekend, with a ‘paddling panel’ and multiple talks on independent filmmaking, of which this festival champions so supremely. From film-making with a drone to how to take better photos, this is a festival of conscious learning and community, filled with open-mindedness and an inspiring passion to always keep exploring.
Few boutique cerebral festivals chime with as much charm, however Bluedot – only this year entering its second year, is something wholly unique. Winner of ‘new festival on the block’ in 2016, this concoction of music, science, arts and culture hosts an intergalactic premise, with the theme mission statement of space exploration. With a beautiful backdrop of the Lovell telescope at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, Bluedot aims to cultivate a unifying celebration for citizens of the world. Seeing a ground-breaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artworks, the line-up also hosts the breezy ambience of indie rock band Alt-J, as well as Pixies, Goldfrapp, Nightmares on Wax and Warpaint. A place to expand minds, this weekend of electronic music, science and stargazing, Is all wrapped up in an artful package that must be seen to be believed.
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