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Programme of magic for Clapham bank holiday

Thursday 29 April 2004

ORGANISERS OF the newest festival in the Yorkshire Dales – two days of magic and myth in the picturesque village of Clapham – have announced a packed programme over May 8th and 9th next weekend.

The event is one of the highlights of the Yorkshire Dales National Park’s 50th anniversary programme and will celebrate the rich, diverse and unique cultural heritage of the Dales. But the organisers are confident that it will become an annual event in years to come.

Street theatre will play a large part in the festival with performances from Ingleton Middle School, Clapham Primary and Settle High School.

Inner State Theatre will present a quirky reworking of St George and the Dragon, while the Ad Hoc Theatre company will present The Witch of Clapham, the story of the village’s very own witch Alice Kettyl.

Bradshaw Mummers will present a traditional piece of street theatre called Gog and Magog and Prince Razaq will thrill audiences with breathtaking feats. Other highlights include juggling, fire eating and stilt walking from Astral Circus, puppetry from Black Cat Theatre and fabulous medieval re-enactments from the Red Wyverns.

Lively dance performances will come from Kirkburton Dancers, while fans of morris dancing will be suitably entertained by Craven Flag Crackers and the Bradford-based Persephone and Rainbow Morris groups.

Big band Brassanova will be making themselves heard over the two-day festival, as will Bentham Samba Band and Giggleswick and Settle Brass Band. Off The Rails will be adding some jazz funk to proceedings, while Lava will have the audience moving to the sounds of flamenco, tango, blues and funk.

Other musicians performing include funky blues outfit Smokin' the Swarm, retro rockers 3GV and Indie outfit Blue Ars*d Flies.

There are many otherh activities for children and adults, including hands on workshops on sculpture, woodcraft, tree dressing, breadmaking, group singalongs, a village heritage trail, demonstrations of traditional forgework and shoemaking and the chance to watch birds of prey in action.

Further information from Hawes National Park Centre on 01969 667450 or www.claphamyorkshire.co.uk. For information on travelling to the Clapham festival by public transport, visitors can log onto www.traveldales.org.uk.

  • A park and ride system will be in operation over the weekend of the festival and there will be no public parking in Clapham village.

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