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New Forest Festival Event

New Forest Festival
17:30 - 22:30
24 - 25 September 2010
Various locations. See the New Forest Festival website for details

Event details

The 1st annual New Forest Festival launches this September giving a taste of what's to come when the festival fully launches in 2011.

The overall festival will bring together culture and the arts in a lively and imaginative way, focusing on film, storytelling, music and food. It is committed to being a model festival in terms of its environmental sustainability.

The New Forest Film Festival launches on 24th September at Brockenhurst College with a gala screening of the classic silent film, Beggars of Life, with live music provided by The Dodge Brothers and the acclaimed silent film pianist, Neil Brand (two of the Dodge brothers are English Department academic Michael Hammond, and English Department Fellow, film critic Mark Kermode). The power for both the projector and the band's amplification will be provided by bicycle, with Magnificent Revolution providing the technology that will enable the audience to take a turn at powering the show with their own legs.

The New Forest Film Festival is being run by English Department film academics, Professor Linda Ruth Williams and Dr Michael Hammond, film critic and broadcaster Mark Kermode, and new Forest film-makers Simon Miller and Joanne Cockwell.

Tickets can be purchased on the Festival website (which come with free popcorn and pop).

The New Forest Music, Storytelling and Food Festivals launch on Saturday 25th September with a full day of forest fun for all ages and an evening of live music - all at Minstead Study Centre.

Storytelling events take place at artisan and craft stations through out the day with specialists from the world of bee-keeping, wool-weaving, cider-pressing providing an insight into their craft.

Live music takes place in the session tent featuring local musicians and singers from across the New Forest.

Hearty New Forest food will be available all day from acclaimed New Forest chef, Simon Woodhouse, from TV's 'The Floating Kitchen'.

The evening features live music from one of Britain's leading acoustic guitarists, Lee Collinson and local folk and Jazz favourites, Owl in the Sun and Modern Fighting Vehicles.

This year's festival has been brought together by a range of New Forest organisations and individuals including New Forest Transition, the New Forest Storytellers, film-maker Jonathan Blease, Patrick Andrews and Sophie van der Meeren.

Tickets for day and evening events can be purchased from the Festival website.

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